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View Diary: What you did NOT see on thursday's ABC Nightline!!! (267 comments)

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  •  Am I permitted a minor reality-based quibble? (none)
    DU is apparently not radioactive enough to pose a hazard, most of the danger being in its lead-like toxicity.  Eg here or this WHO page
    •  really? (none)
      there is no scientific consensus because there have never been any studies by the US (which is the primary military using the stuff)...

      I recommend the Dan Fahey article (its a PDF) and the CS Monitor series.

    •  That is propaganda... (none)
      Once again, here is what the U.S. Department of Energy has to say about Depleated Uranium.

      Pass it on as you deem appropriate!

      My own dedication to Bush/Cheney Inc. Listen to WMD: Words of Mis-Direction

      by NewWay4NewDay on Fri Jan 28, 2005 at 09:07:21 AM PST

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      •  no, it's accurate, actually (none)
        Believe it or not, the heavy metal toxicity of uranium, depleted or not, produces literally a million times more genotoxicity than its radioactivity alone:
        "In the current study we demonstrate that DU can generate oxidative DNA damage and can also catalyze reactions that induce hydroxyl radicals in the absence of significant alpha particle decay.  Experiments were conducted ... in which chemical generation of hydroxyl radicals was calculated to exceed the radiolytic generation by 106-fold....  These data ... demonstrate that DU ... can induce oxidative DNA damage in the absence of significant alpha particle decay...."

        -- Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 2002 Jul 25;91(1):246-52
        Depleted uranium-catalyzed oxidative DNA damage: absence of significant alpha particle decay, by Miller AC, Stewart M, Brooks K, Shi L, Page N., Applied Cellular Radiobiology Department, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20889-5603, USA.

        Please have a look at my peer-reviewed medical literature collection on uranium inhalation poisoning.

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