[ RadSafe ] Question re atomic tests

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Fri Jun 12 22:33:15 CDT 2009

June 12

         Do a Google search for "A. L. Rowland," "Foskett," and "evidence" 
to get this link:


         Read the "Digger" article, do a Google search for "A. L. Rowland" 
and "chromosomal aberrations," and get this link:

which takes you to this:

Cytogenet Genome Res 2008;121:79-87

Original Article

Elevated chromosome translocation frequencies in New Zealand nuclear test 
M.A. Wahaba, E.M. Nicklessa, R. Najar-M'Kacherc, C. Parmentierc, J.V. 
Poddb, R.E. Rowlanda

aInstitute of Molecular Bioscience and
bSchool of Psychology, Massey University, Palmerston North (New Zealand)
cUPRES EA 27-10 Institut de Cancérologie Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif (France)


In 1957/58 the British Government conducted a series of nuclear tests in 
the mid-Pacific codenamed Operation Grapple, which involved several naval 
vessels from Britain and New Zealand. Two New Zealand frigates with 551 
personnel onboard were stationed at various distances between 20 and 150 
nautical miles from ground zero. In the present study we applied the 
cytomolecular technique mFISH (multicolour fluorescent in situ 
hybridisation) to investigate a potential link between chromosome 
abnormalities and possible past radiation exposure in New Zealand nuclear 
test veterans who participated in Operation Grapple. Compared to age 
matched controls, the veterans showed significantly higher (P < 0.0001) 
frequencies of chromosomal abnormalities (275 translocations and 12 
dicentrics in 9,360 cells vs. 96 translocations and 1 dicentric in 9,548 
cells in the controls), in addition to a significant excess of CCRs 
(complex chromosomal rearrangements) in the veterans. A Kolmogorov-Smirnoff 
test showed that the distributions of translocations for the two groups 
were significantly different.

Copyright © 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel

         Elementary, my dear Watson.  (Or should I say 'Google-mentary'?)

Steven Dapra

At 09:06 AM 6/13/09 +0800, Ivor Surveyor wrote:
>I write for information.  On June 5th in the High Court London made a 
>judgment allowing British, Fijian, Australian and New Zealand veterans who 
>witnessed atomic tests to sue the ministry of defense.
>Judge Foskett referred to new evidence based on a scientific study 
>conducted by Professor AL Rowland which showed significant genetic damage.
>Can anybody comment on this new evidence and what is it please?
>Ivor Surveyor
>[ isurveyor at vianet.net.au ]
>Ivor Surveyor
>[ isurveyor at vianet.net.au ]

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