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Agent Orange, a chemical agent (BCRNe) from the Vietnam War

Agent Orange, a chemical agent (BCRNe) from the Vietnam War

A civil lawsuit was held on January 21, 2021 in the court of Evry against the chemical companies that produced Agent Orange used during the Vietnam War. This news went almost unnoticed, with the coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 monopolizing all the news, yet it reminds us of the darkest moments of the Vietnam War and the use…

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Does synthetic biology have the potential to transform the future of biological warfare?

Does synthetic biology have the potential to transform the future of biological warfare?

What is it about? Stijn Kuipers of King’s College London has published in 2019 an interesting study on the contribution of synthetic biology in the evolution of biological weapons. This is an opportunity for us to redefine what synthetic biology is and to examine in detail what it could contribute to the improvement of biological…

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What are the differences between a conventional vaccine and a messenger RNA vaccine?

What are the differences between a conventional vaccine and a messenger RNA vaccine?

By François NR Renaud, Scientific Advisor Vaccine has never been in the news so much It must be admitted that if the scientists had wanted to sabotage their research work they would not have done it otherwise. Well helped moreover by poor communication on the part of politicians and by the continuous news channels always…

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Hands up! What are the gloves for?

Hands up! What are the gloves for?

     By François NR Renaud, scientific adviser Gloves, whose origin goes back to antiquity, are elements of hand protection; handling (against abrasion), protection against heat or cold (firefighters, metallurgists, welders), protection against chemical or biological products (chemical industry, laboratories), against CBRN threats, against cuts (butchers). They are therefore personal protective equipment (PPE). As far as…

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Legionella: importance of aerosols, biological weapon?

Legionella: importance of aerosols, biological weapon?

A short history In Philadelphia, during the 58th American Legion Convention, scheduled for July 21-24, 1976, the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel welcomed the 182 participants. The hotel is a bit “old-fashioned” and the air-conditioning system needs to be repaired. A young 26 year old employee is in charge of controlling it but he falls ill (headaches, aches…

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Ammonium nitrate

Ammonium nitrate

By François NR RENAUD, honorary professor The explosion in the port of Beirut, on August 4, 2020, of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which destroyed a large part of the Lebanese capital, invites us to remember the usefulness of this product but also its drawbacks and in particular its explosive aspect. History The spectre of…

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Standards and efficiency of masks: it’s all a question of size !

Standards and efficiency of masks: it’s all a question of size !

What’s this about? We have talked several times about the effectiveness of masks in protecting against Covid-19. These include type 1 or 2 surgical masks, FFP1, FFP2 and FFP3, FMP1, FMP2 and FMP3 and alternative category 1 or 2 masks! All the more so since these masks meet different standards whose criteria do not always…

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