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Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Per Oftedal Annotation pdf (46,709 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Per Oftedal
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (46,709 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: SAM Science and Man Series
Box Number: 107
Folder Number: 35
Unique Identifier:
BBGFBR
Accession Number:
92
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Writings
SubSeries: Science and Man
Folder: S170: "Even Studies of Hiroshima Have Not Proved Mutations" (27 September 1963)
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.
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2006-12-08
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
KW:  genetic effects of nuclear war; radiation mutagenesis and
cancer; Hiroshima, Nagasaki;  cancer >> mutation; somatic >> genetic;

jl 9/23/00