Document Details


Title:
THE GENETIC EFFECTS OF RADIATION: POSTATTACK CONSEQUENCES
Author(s):
Document Location:
Location - NNSA/NSO Nuclear Testing Archive Address - P.O. Box 98521 City - Las Vegas State - NV Zip - 89193-8521 Phone - (702)794-5106 Fax - (702)862-4240 Email - CIC@NV.DOE.GOV
Document Type:
REPORT
Publication Date:
1966 Nov 30
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0028
Accession Number:
NV0025476
Originating Research Org.:
RAND CORPORATION, THE
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 26
Description/Abstract:
EXPERIMENTAL IRRADIATION OF ANIMAL POPULATIONS HAS DEMONSTRATED THE PR ODUCTION OF GENETIC DAMAGE BY IONIZING RADIATION. THE TOTAL DOSE RECEI VED, THE DOSE RATE, AND THE TYPE OF CELL TREATED HAVE BEEN FOUND TO AF FECT THE FREQUENCY OF MUTATION. RECENT STUDIES SUGGEST THAT THE PREVEN TION OF CONCEPTION FOR A PERIOD AFTER RADIATION EXPOSURE CAN REDUCE GE NETIC DAMAGE. HUMAN POPULATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO RADIATION ALSO SUFFER GENETIC DAMAGE, ALTHOUGH THE STATISTICAL DEMONSTRATION OF ABNORMALITIES IN THE OFFSPRING OF EXPOSED INDIVIDUALS IS EXTREMELY DIF FICULT CONSIDERING THE DOSES RECEIVED AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AVAILAB LE FOR STUDY. GENE MUTATIONS PRODUCED BY RADIATION EXPOSURE WILL BURDEN HUMAN POPULATIONS FOR MANY GENERATIONS. THE EXACT NATURE OF THI S BURDEN IN PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TERMS CANNOT, HOWEVER, BE FULLY ASSESSED AT THIS TIME.


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