[ RadSafe ] Question re atomic tests

Steven Dapra sjd at swcp.com
Sat Jun 13 03:35:21 CDT 2009

June 13

         This man Rowland is known as Al Rowland, however his name is R. E. 
Rowland.  (I haven't been able to ascertain what the R. E. stands for.)  He 
has also collaborated on some work (with a cohort of 24 New Zealand Vietnam 
veterans) which suggests (or "proves") that exposure to Agent Orange caused 
an "observable genetic effect" which is visible today.  (Cytogenet Genome 
Res 2007;116:248-251).

         For more of Rowland's work see 
This is 57 pages of PDF, a report describing the research of Rowland and 
colleagues on some New Zealand nuclear test veterans.  The NZ vets were 
exposed to some nuclear tests known as Operation Grapple, which were 
conducted in 1957-1958.  Rowland et al. found "elevated translocation 
frequencies in peripheral blood lymphocytes."  (p. iv)  This report 
evaluates 50 nuclear test veterans and compares them to 50 matched 
controls. (p.9)

         Here's a short summary article from the Sydney (AU) Morning 

         A Google search for "A. L. Rowland" and "New Zealand" will turn up 
more answers than one would care to read.

Steven Dapra

At 09:33 PM 6/12/09 -0600, Steven Dapra wrote:
>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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