Induction of Deoxyribonucleic Acid Damage by γ Irradiation

  • Salvatore Cortellino
  • David P. Turner
  • Alfonso Bellacosa
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 285)


γ Radiation is an electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the range of 0.1–100 pm. Like all forms of electromagnetic radiations, the γ ray has no mass and no charge and interacts with material by colliding with the electrons in the shells of atoms. Irradiation with γ rays is very penetrating, and the energy transferred induces a wide variety of lesions into the components of cultured cells, especially deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).


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© Humana Press Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Salvatore Cortellino
    • 1
  • David P. Turner
    • 1
  • Alfonso Bellacosa
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Population ScienceFox Chase Cancer CenterPhiladelphia

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