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Labs seeking sarin chemical signature: 99-125-81

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John Barrasso says the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may not vote Wednesday on a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama's proposed military intervention in Syria. The Wyoming Republican, a member of the panel, said it was still meeting on the resolution.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John Barrasso says the Senate Foreign Relations Committee may not vote Wednesday on a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama's proposed military intervention in Syria. The Wyoming Republican, a member of the panel, said it was still meeting on the resolution.
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Updated: 9/06/2013 2:45 pm
WASHINGTON -- Seven numbers will prove whether sarin was used to gas Syrians last month: 99-125-81.

Chemists this week around Europe are feeding samples of bodily tissue and dirt collected after chemical attacks in Syria into sophisticated machines. They are waiting for those numbers to read out in a bar graph on a computer screen.

Carlos Fraga, a chemist who specializes in nerve agent forensics at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., calls those numbers sarin's fingerprint.

Fraga says once chemists sees those digits, they know they've got sarin. But he and other experts say it will probably take about two weeks for scientists to retest, confirm, and write up reports.
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