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How to protect yourself in the case of chemical events of terrorist or accidental origin?

How to protect yourself in the case of chemical events of terrorist or accidental origin?

The main risks We have often talked on this blog about chemical events that have occurred accidentally or as a result of a terrorist attack Among these events, the sarin gas attack in the Tokyo metro is one of the most studied. The attack was carried out on 20 March 1995 and was initiated by…

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German Nobel Prizes and the Development of Chemical Weapons

German Nobel Prizes and the Development of Chemical Weapons

Reading various articles about the development of chemical weapons by the German army, we can see that many German scientists, including 8 of them who have already been awarded or are about to receive a Nobel Prize, have participated in this work. But to what extent have they really been involved? Working on the biographies…

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Bats and war !

Bats and war !

Strange animal that the bat is! The only flying mammal (the flying squirrel can only glide from one tree to another), it is guided by an echolocation system by emitting ultrasounds (12,000 to 100,000 hertz) that it recovers the echo in its ears. With a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, it lives on average…

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New decontamination protocols in response to a CBRN attack

New decontamination protocols in response to a CBRN attack

An article in Nature on February 26, 2019 reports that the United States has just adopted a new response protocol in response to an attack or following a chemical industrial accident, which is important for at least two reasons: The new protocol, including dry decontamination, will significantly improve the care provided to victims; It is…

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The Decpol® mitt has been tested in the laboratory on real chemicals

The Decpol® mitt has been tested in the laboratory on real chemicals

What is this about? In the case of contamination by chemical warfare agents, acidic projections or industrial chemicals, it is imperative to have a decontamination process in place to quickly remove dangerous agents from the surface on which they have been dispersed. Immediate decontamination (military concept) or emergency decontamination (medical concept) is generally carried out…

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The 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and bioterrorism

The 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and bioterrorism

In a mini-review published in “ADC Letters for infectious disease control”, Eto A. and Kanatani Y. explain how Japan is preparing for a possible bioterrorist attack. The strategy to make Japan “the safest country in the world” is based on a “Sakigake” pilot project to promote the development of innovative drugs and other medical devices….

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Phage therapy

Phage therapy

At a time when we are rightly concerned about the evolution of bacteria towards greater resistance to antibiotics, we are seeing the reappearance of a method for fighting pathogenic bacteria, invented by Félix d’Hérelle.  The first tested humans were in 1919: phagotherapy is 100 years old.   Félix d’Hérelle A self-taught French-Canadian microbiologist born in…

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