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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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