The effects of low-dose radiation: Soviet science, the nuclear industry – and independence?


  • Anders Pape Møller,

    1. Evolutionary biologist employed by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, working since 1991 on the ecological and evolutionary implications of low-dose radiation.
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  • Timothy A. Mousseau

    1. Evolutionary biologist and works as a professor at University of South Carolina at Columbia. He has a keen interest in effects of low-dose radiation under natural conditions. Publications mentioned in this article are available at
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Chernobyl and Fukushima have led to worldwide interest in the effects of so-called low-dose radiation. But research so far has been a puzzling mix of Soviet science and research supported by the nuclear industry, with some independent scientists contributing. Anders Pape Møller and Timothy A. Mousseau navigate between th ese diverse efforts to investigate the effects of low-dose radiation on animals, plants and people.