National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
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June 29, 2005

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A preponderance of scientific evidence shows that even low doses of ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays and X-rays, are likely to pose some risk of adverse health effects, says a new report from the National Research Council. In living organisms, such radiation can cause DNA damage that could eventually lead to cancers. The report provides a comprehensive assessment of these risks based on a review of the scientific literature from the past 15 years. It is the seventh in a series of assessments from the Research Council called the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation.


Speakers:
Richard R. Monson, M.D., Sc.D. (chair), Associate Dean for Professional Education, and Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston.