Chemicals Behind Gulf War Syndrome?

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Science  26 Apr 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5261, pp. 479-481
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5261.479b


Ever since the Gulf War ended 5 years ago, there have been disputes about what—if anything—caused the mysterious collection of symptoms, more commonly known as Gulf War Syndrome, reported by some of the war's veterans. Recent toxicological studies in chickens suggest that they may be the result of neurological damage, caused by two or more of the insecticide and anti-nerve gas chemicals used in the war acting together. Much more work will be needed to confirm that idea, however.