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

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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.

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Pimentel, E., Zimmering, S., De La Rosa, M. E., Tavera, L., & Cruces, M. P. (1996). 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. Mutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, 354(1), 139–142. https://doi.org/10.1016/0027-5107(96)00038-3

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