Abstract

Abstract:

The disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima released large amounts of radioactive material, equivalent to many hundreds of nuclear bombs the size of those at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Currently, there is worldwide interest in the effects of so-called low-dose radiation on public health and on biological systems from molecules to ecosystems. Research efforts to quantify these effects constitute a curious mixture of Soviet science, research by independent scientists, and research supported by the nuclear industry. The article explains how navigating between these diverse efforts can be reconciled to syn­thesize available information to the benefit of the general public and the policymaking community.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2288-2871
Print ISSN
0258-9184
Pages
pp. 551-565
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-22
Open Access
No
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