Genetic effects of radiation

Genetic effects of radiation

On August 6, 1945, an atom bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. Nagasaki was bombed three days later. Many people believe in the myth that radiation exposure induced gruesome genetic effects to the children of those who were exposed. Though genetic effects were expected to be induced, no such effect manifested. Genetic effects were not observed in the children of the survivors of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Conclusive evidence on the initiation of genetic effects in humans may not emerge in spite of prolonged epidemiological studies. But it is prudent to assume that these effects are likely to occur in exposed individuals.

You may access a detailed article at:

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20010809/science.htm#1

 

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About ksparthasarathy

I am a former Secretary of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. I am a former Raja Ramanna Fellow in the Department of Atomic Energy. Free lance journalism is my hobby
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