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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Per Oftedal pdf (44,977 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Per Oftedal
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (44,977 Bytes)
Date:
1982-02-22 (February 22, 1982)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Oftedal, Per
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence E
Box Number: 36
Folder Number: 105
Unique Identifier:
BBAQKH
Accession Number:
42
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1978-1984
Folder: Radiation
Transcript:
Dr Oftedal
2/22/82
The genetic effects of nuclear war are of much less concern to me than the immediate (and delayed cancer) somatic ones
Hiroshima/Nagasaki show this all too clearly.
Long discussed UN/AEC studies showed that survivable doses of radiation (say 100-300 rem) barely double the existing genetic load, and should have an impact on at most 1-3 percent on following generations against a nearly 50 percent lethality on those directly exposed.
Of course, if millions were to be exposed to only sublethal doses, that would loom as a larger catastrophe; but in almost every imaginable (?) scenario the somatic effects would greatly exceed the genetic ones.
J.L.
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2007-01-08
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