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BMC Biol. 2013 Aug 30;11:92. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-11-92.

Low-dose radiation, scientific scrutiny, and requirements for demonstrating effects.

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Laboratoire d'Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution, CNRS UMR 8079, Université Paris-Sud, Bâtiment 362, F-91405, Orsay Cedex, France. anders.moller@u-psud.fr

Abstract

Recent nuclear accidents have prompted renewed interest in the fitness consequences of low-dose radiation. Hiyama et al. provided information on such effects in the Japanese pale grass blue butterfly in a paper that has been viewed more than 300,000 times, prompting a barrage of criticism. These exchanges highlight the role of scrutiny in studies with potential effects on humans, but also raise questions about minimum requirements for demonstrating biological effects.

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PMC3765500
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10.1186/1741-7007-11-92
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