What are the nerve toxins sarin and anthrax?

The nerve toxins anthrax and sarin inhibit the breakdown of acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that is produced naturally in the brain.
Acetylcholinesterase tells neurons to fire, which then sends electrical impulse through the central nervous system. If this enzyme is not broken down, however, the neurons will keep firing, which then will lead to a nervous system overload and a painful death.

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Anthrax is a serous disease and potentially fatal. One must come in contact with an infected animal or animal products or anthrax spores. Symptoms of anthrax will appear anywhere from a few hours to seven days after exposure. The ...

three types of anthrax infection are cutaneous, gastrointestinal and inhalation. Inhalation anthrax is the most difficult form to treat and is usually deadly. Treatment for cutaneaous and gastrointestinal anthrax includes antibiotics.

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