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Sex ratio of nuclear industry employees' children.

Maconochie, N., Roman, E., Doyle, P., Davies, G., Smith, P.G. and Beral, V. (2001) Sex ratio of nuclear industry employees' children. Lancet, 357 (9268). pp. 1589-1591. ISSN 0140-6736

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Abstract

Does preconceptional exposure to ionising radiation before conception affect the health of offspring? Some studies have suggested that radiation exposure might influence the sex ratio at birth, potentially indicating genetic damage. We examined the sex ratio of over 46 000 children born to UK nuclear industry workers, using information on exposure from the workers'individual employment and dosimetry records. We found no statistically significant alterations of the sex ratio, and no evidence that exposure to low-level ionizing radiation at work influences the sex ratio of children conceived after exposure.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2009 15:18
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2009 15:18
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(00)04748-6
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V.
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)04748-6
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6968

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