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Title:
HISTORY OF THE PLUTONIUM BIOASSAY PROGRAM AT THE LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY, 1944-1972
Subject Terms:
HREX; BIOASSAY; COUNTING TECHNIQUES; PLUTONIUM; PLUTONIUM INJECTION EXPERIMENT; RADIOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS; RADIOLOGICAL PERSONNEL; TESTING; URINALYSIS
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:
LEGAL DOCUMENT
Publication Date:
1972 Oct 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
Document Pages:
0012
Accession Number:
NV0700083
Originating Research Org.:
LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY
OpenNet Entry Date:
1994 Aug 27
Description/Abstract:
THIS DOCUMENT IS SIX PAGES OF TEXT PLUS AN OFFICIAL COVER PAGE. ITS ABSTRACT READS: A CHRONOLOGICAL DESCRIPTION IS GIVEN OF THE METHODS USED IN THE PLUTONIUM BIOASSAY PROGRAM AT LOS ALAMOS. METHODS OF URINE-SAMPLE COLLECTION, RADIOCHEMICAL SEPARATION, AND COUNTING ARE DESCRIBED BRIEFLY. THE DOCUMENT PRESENTS THE TECHNICAL INFORMATION DESCRIBED ABOVE WITH NO DIRECT INFORMATION ON HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION. TWO FACTS MAY BE OF MORE GENERAL INTEREST. IN EARLY 1944 URINE SAMPLES WERE COLLECTED FROM WORKERS ON A RANDOM BASIS TO DEVELOP A METHOD TO SEPARATE PLUTONIUM FROM URINE. (THUS THE INDIVIDUALS WHO SUBMITTED THE SAMPLES RECEIVED NO DIRECT BENEFIT.) THE SECOND ITEM TO NOTE IS THAT AT THAT TIME BIOASSAY PROCEDURES COULD NOT ADEQUATELY DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN POLONIUM AND PLUTONIUM.


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