Some Biological Applications of Neutrons and Artificial Radioactivity*


THE biological and medical sciences are being stimulated and benefited by the recent discoveries of the nuclear physicist in a manner similar to that following the discovery of the naturally occurring radioactive elements and the production of X-rays. The nuclear physicist can now induce radioactivity in practically all of the elements, and he can harness a beam of neutrons of intense biological activity. This new wonderland for the biologist has been brought about by such events as the first successful experiments of Joliot and Curie in artificial radioactivity, the discovery of the neutron by Chadwick, the discovery of heavy hydrogen by Urey, and the development of the cyclotron by E. O. Lawrence and his associates.

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LAWRENCE, J. Some Biological Applications of Neutrons and Artificial Radioactivity*. Nature 145, 125–127 (1940).

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