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Before we write off the IAEA, this presentation Biological effects of ionizing radiation at molecular and cellular levels (PowerPoint) seems quite good, and it explains the efect of what they call "indirect" effect of ionizing radiation, where radiation ionizes some atom or molecule and the products of this ionization are the ones that act on the DNA. There's in particular a slide where it is argued that because of the lifetime of OH- radicals in water, there is a tube around DNA where ionizing radiation can have an indirect effect on the DNA by ionizing the water.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Apr 5th, 2011 at 01:03:26 PM EST
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