Evidence for an effect of exposure to low levels of alpha particle irradiation in larval cells of Drosophila as measured in the wing-spot test

  • Pimentel E
  • Zimmering S
  • De La Rosa M
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Abstract

Larvae of Drosophila were exposed to a range of concentrations of alpha particles from 3 to 318 mRad, and genetic effects measured in the wing-spot test. The results were positive, and evidence of a linear relationship between exposure and response observed. The induction of chromosome breakage is suggested by the significantly higher frequency of twin spots in the treated series compared with controls.

Author-supplied keywords

  • 222Rn
  • Alpha panicle
  • Drosophila wing-spot test
  • MRad exposure

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