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Heritable Effects

After case-control analysis of greater than 30,000 at-risk children, there were no statistically significant increases in genetic mutation among these first generation offspring of survivors of the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. Data from such acute, intermediate-to-high dose exposures represent the only quantitative data to assess radiation effects on the human genome.

Instead, experimental mice provide essentially all data for estimating risk from lower dose exposures.

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