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Old 11th May 2022, 05:52 AM   #1
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Gulf War Syndrome caused by sarin gas

US scientists say they have discovered what caused thousands of soldiers who served in the 1991 Gulf War to fall sick with mysterious symptoms.
They have pinned the blame on the nerve agent sarin, which was released into the air when caches of Iraqi chemical weapons were bombed.
Dr Haley said the key to whether somebody fell ill was a gene known as PON1, which plays an important role in breaking down toxic chemicals in the body.
His team found veterans with a less effective version of the PON1 gene were more likely to become sick.
The latest study - largely funded by the US government - involved more than 1,000 randomly-selected American Gulf War veterans.
Sarin gas blamed for Gulf War syndrome (BBC Health, May 11, 2022)

So maybe not mass psychogenic as suggested by some studies.
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