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J Radiol Prot. 1998 Dec;18(4):243-8.

The report of the French Academy of Science: 'Problems associated with the effects of low doses of ionising radiation'.

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Centre Antoine Béclère, Faculté de Médecine, Paris, France.


In 1995 the French Academy of Science published a report on 'Problems associated with low doses of ionising radiation'. This report aroused interest among French-speaking scientists and a translation in English was published a year later. The report pointed out that an important issue in radioprotection was not whether to accept or reject the linear no-threshold model but rather to test its validity. The aim of this review is to analyse the report and its recommendations, and to briefly indicate the progress which has been made and the questions which remain open. Three areas of the report are covered in this review: DNA repair, carcinogenesis and epidemiological data.

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