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U.N. Taps Special Labs to Investigate Syrian Attack

Science  06 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6150, pp. 1050-1051
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6150.1050

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The U.N. investigators who traveled to Syria last week to probe an apparent chemical attack have turned their samples over to a specialized network of laboratories that can look for evidence of the weapons. Research advances since the last major chemical attacks in the 1980s and 1990s are enabling researchers to find evidence of such attacks in soil, clothing, and blood and urine samples days and even weeks after the event.

  • * With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser.