A422 Hereditary effects

No radiation-induced hereditary disease has been demonstrated in humans so far. However ionizing radiation is recognized as mutagenic and experiments on plants and animals have clearly shown that radiation may cause genetic effects, and there is no reason to believe that humans are an exception.

It has been estimated that for a population exposed to radiation in one generation, the risk, expressed as number of cases per million persons per gray, in the progeny of the first post-radiation generation is: 750-1,500 autosomal dominant and X-linked diseases; 250-1,200 chronic multifactorial diseases; and 2,000 congenital abnormalities. The total radiation-induced cases are 3,000-4,700 per Gray

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