Genetically Modified Offspring (GMOs) of Atomic Veterans
The genetic effects of radiation are expressed, not just in irradiated individuals, but in their immediate or remote offspring. The time lag is great because of the duration of the human life cycle, and massive epidemiological studies with long-term follow-up are needed to accumulate sufficient data for statistical analysis. Moreover, for risk estimation of exposures that are not uniformly or randomly delivered to the entire population, the age and sex distribution of the exposed population and the different probabilities of having children for members of the population of each age and sex must be taken into account.
The genetic effects of radiation must be detected through the study of certain endpoints, for example, visible chromosome abnormalities, proteins with altered conformations or charges, spontaneous abortions, congenital malformations, or premature death. In addition, radiation induced mutations may affect different endpoints to different degrees.
Who is considered a Child of an Atomic Veteran?
Changing the approach to support identifying, researching and treating GMOs.
Our database will represent a definieable group of concerned global citizens who can prove their Atomic GMO Lineage and are willing to continue to serve and allow legitimate researchers to have access to them to help identify and understand the generational impacts. The world continues to live with this threat, lets’ not lose capturing data before we lose one or two generations of genetic data that could be captured.
Why this matters.
Our group getting access to information is critical when we suspect our living or deceased family service members were exposed during the global nuclear arms race. Although there is a continuing need to assess the genetic effects of radiation exposure, for several reasons the perspective has changed somewhat from that in the 1950s. First, it is now clear that the risk of cancer in individuals exposed to radiation is significant and that limiting exposure to radiation to reduce the risk of cancer also limits the genetically significant exposure. Second, the instruments and techniques used in medical radiation have improved significantly, so that the overall doses used in medical diagnoses are reduced and patient exposure in all but the targeted organs is lessened. Third, in regard to the induction of mutations, the greater current risk seems to result from exposure to chemical mutagens in the environment rather than from the exposure of populations to radiation. Despite changed conditions, estimating the genetic effects of radiation remains important for setting exposure standards, both for the general population and for those exposed in their occupations.
There are many difficulties in measuring the genetic effects of exposure of the human population to radiation and other mutagens. This is why, more than 20 years after the BEAR Committee first addressed the issues of radiation exposure, there is still uncertainty and controversy. The following are some of the difficulties and considerations that must be kept in mind.