International Association Against Painful Experiments on Animals

Study of Disease

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In 1983 attention was drawn to an increased number of childhood leukaemia cases in the vicinity of a nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield in Britain. Although the incidence of leukemia was ten times the national average, the official Committee of Inquiry decided that the nuclear facility was not the cause. Their conclusions were based on information from animal experiments. By preferring animal data to direct human observations, the effect was to minimize the risks of radiation.32 Nevertheless, subsequent human studies revealed that radiation was indeed to blame. It was found that those at highest risk of leukemia were born to fathers who worked at the nuclear plant. This suggests an effect of radiation on fathers which leads to cancer in their offspring.33


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(4) Sellafield, England. Britainís Nuclear Fuelís re- processing facility:
Animal data diminished the risks from low-level radiation, yet later, human-based studies showed children fathered by Sellafied workers at higher risk of leukaemia.


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