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Los Alamos Science No. 23, 1995: Radiation, Cell Cycle, and Cancer

By Richard J. Reynolds

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Title: Los Alamos Science No. 23, 1995: Radiation, Cell Cycle, and Cancer  
Author: Richard J. Reynolds
Volume: Volume 23, Article 2
Language: English
Subject: Newsletter, Science, Education
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Los Alamos Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory Journal Collection
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Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory


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Reynolds, Jay A. Schecke, R. J. (1995). Los Alamos Science No. 23, 1995. Retrieved from

Description: Many people have a great fear of radiation with very little understanding about what it is and how its effects vary with dose. Research on the health effects of radiation has been a priority at Los Alamos from the Manhattan Project to the present. The first section of this volume introduces the average reader to radiation and its properties, radiation and its relationship to cancer, and the epidemiology of radiation exposure. The second section relates the experiences of LANL plutonium workers who had accidental intakes of this reactor-produced element and highlights the ongoing efforts at LANL to understand and mitigate the effects of exposure. Finally, the last section sets the record straight on the 1944 government-run experiments, publicized during the 1993 DOE openness initiative, which involved plutonium uptake by human subjects. This volume lays out the Laboratory's involvement in those experiments, why they were done, what was learned, and what happened to the subjects.

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Table of Contents: Comments from the Director -- Ionizing Radiation: It's Everywhere! -- Radiation, Cell Cycle, and Cancer -- Radiation and Risk: A Hard Look at the Data -- A Brief History of Radiation Protection Standards -- On the Front Lines: A Roundtable with Los Alamos Plutonium Workers Past and Present -- Plutonium Metal: The First Gram -- The Future of Plutonium Technology -- Introduction to the Human Studies Project -- The Human Plutonium Injection Experiments -- Radium: The Benchmark for Internal Alpha Emitters -- A True Measure of Plutonium Exposure: The Human Tissue Analysis Program at Los Alamos -- Authorization and Collection of Tissues -- The Cecil Kelley Criticality Accident: The Origin of the Los Alamos Human Tissue Analysis Program -- The Karen Silkwood Story: What We Know at Los Alamos -- Tracer Studies at Los Alamos and the Birth of Nuclear Medicine -- Child Volunteers: One Dad Tells the Story -- Los Alamos Radiation Detectors for Biology and Medicine -- Ethics: ""Ethical Harm"" and the Plutonium Injection Experiments


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