Very high mutation rate in offspring of Chernobyl accident liquidators.

  title={Very high mutation rate in offspring of Chernobyl accident liquidators.},
  author={Howard S. Weinberg and Abraham B. Korol and Valery M. Kirzhner and Aaron Avivi and Tzion Fahima and Eviatar Nevo and Steven Shapiro and Gadi Rennert and O A Piatak and Eugenia I Stepanova and E Skvarskaja},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={268 1471},
Exposure to ionizing radiation has long been suspected to increase mutation load in humans. Nevertheless, such events as atomic bombing seem not to have yielded significant genetic defects. The Chernobyl accident created a different, long-term exposure to radiation. Clean-up teams (or 'liquidators') of the Chernobyl reactor are among those who received the highest doses, presumably in some combination of acute and chronic forms. In this study, children born to liquidator families (currently… CONTINUE READING
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