Radiation Risks and Confusions

  • Helmut AbelEmail author
  • Gudrun Erzgräber


This report is divided in 3 parts: (1) the origin of the ‘linear no-threshold hypothesis’, (2) radiation-induced malign processes, (3) consequences of confusions. After the analysis of various Drosophila experiments (1935) the scientists Timofeeff-Ressovsky, Delbrück and Zimmer draw following conclusion: the radiation induced mutation rate is independent from the dose-rate and is directly proportional to the dose. However, for malign processes one cannot ask for the relationship between the total of primarily spontaneous defects and the total of natural radiation induced defects but only for the clearly smaller rates of critically defects for cancer induction. Confusions about radiation risks can be more dangerously than the real risk itself.


Radiation risk DNA repair DNA structure DNA double strand breaks Irrationality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Delbrück Center (MDC)Berlin-BuchGermany

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