[ RadSafe ] PNNL: Review Article Puts Low-Dose Radiation Biology Controversy into Perspective

Cary Renquist cary.renquist at ezag.com
Mon May 13 19:10:04 CDT 2013

The review paper is behind a paywall, so one would need a subscription
or access through an institution that has an account...

A review of the current issues in low-dose radiation research authored
by two radiation biologists from the Pacific Northwest National
Laboratory is the cover story of the May 2013 issue of Radiation
Research. The review, by Laboratory Fellow Dr. William F. Morgan and
retired PNNL scientist Dr. William J. Bair, highlights critical areas of
controversy in low-dose radiation biology, and suggests areas of future
research to address these issues.  

Both natural and man-made sources of ionizing radiation contribute to
human exposure and consequently pose a possible risk to human health.
Much of this is unavoidable, e.g., natural background radiation, but as
the use of radiation increases, so does the potential health risk and
the public's concerns. This perspective reflects the authors' view of
current issues in low dose radiation biology research, highlights some
of the controversies therein, and suggests areas of future research to
address both issues in low dose radiation research and the
controversies. This is a critical time for the radiation sciences and
the implications of future research will have a significant impact on
radiation protection, medicine, national security, research and
industry. The views expressed here are the authors' own and do not
represent any institution, organization or funding body.



Cary Renquist
Cary.renquist at ezag.com

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