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Nerve Gases are among the most widely recognised and most often used forms of lethal chemical warfare agents. More commonly known these days as Nerve Agents (as they can also be liquids and solids that are easily atomised in an explosion), these dangerous chemical cocktails can be manufactured using fairly simple chemical techniques and inexpensive raw materials, a consequence of which was terrifyingly illustrated by the Tokyo subway attacks in the not too distant past. 


Nerve agents aquired their name because of the effect they have on the transmission of nerve impulses in the nervous system of affected organisms. All nerve agents are known chemically as Organo - Phosphorus compounds. They are stable compound which can be easily dispersed and absorbed through the skin or by inhalation resulting in higly toxic, rapid effects.