Published: August 01, 1990
A 40-year study of thousands of Japanese who survived the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki shows radiation exposure did not cause genetic damage that could lead to human mutations, a researcher said today.
The researcher, John Boice of the National Cancer Institute said, ''Ionizing radiation is known to cause heritable mutations in many species of plants and animals, but intense study of 70,000 offspring of atomic bomb survivors has failed to identify an increase in congenital abnormalities, cancer, chromosome aberrations or mutational blood protein changes.''
Mr. Boice's comments were published in the current issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association
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