Labs seeking sarin chemical signature: 99-125-81

Labs seeking sarin chemical signature: 99-125-81

WASHINGTON (AP) - Three simple numbers will prove whether sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81. Chemists this week around Europe are feeding samples of bodily tissue and dirt collected after chemical attacks in Syria into sophisticated machines, waiting for those three numbers to read out in a bar graph on a computer screen. The numbers are sarin’s fingerprint, said Carlos Fraga, a chemist who specializes in nerve agent forensics at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash. “You’re always going to see that.”

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