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Rat Model for Gulf War Syndrome?

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Science  21 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5342, pp. 1404
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5342.1404a

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In the search to find a cause for Gulf War syndrome, some researchers have begun pointing to a new suspect: exposure to organophosphates (OPs), ingredients of chemical weapons and insecticides that were present in the Gulf. But there has been little evidence that the low doses to which the Gulf War veterans were presumably exposed are harmful. At the 27th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans last month, neuropharmacologists presented evidence of the first hints in rats that low levels of OPs produce long-term problems in areas of the brain known to be involved in learning and memory.