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Fertility of Mice treated with Phosphorus-32

Naturevolume 187page876 (1960) | Download Citation



SINCE radioisotopes became available, many papers have been published concerning their clinical use as well as their potential harmful effects. One of these agents, phosphorus-32, is now occasionally being used in non-malignant conditions ; consequently an effect which may be irrelevant in a cancer patient may become important in a young person who is likely to survive for some years ; for example, the effect on the gonads. Previous knowledge on the subject is somewhat confusing1–5, and no functional test has apparently been carried out so far.

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    Bloom, W., NNES, Div. IV, 22, 1 (1948).

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    Warren, S., MacMillan, J. C., and Dixon, F. J., Radiology, 55, 557 (1950).

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    Odeblad, E., Acta Radiologica, 38, 33 (1952).

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    Odeblad, E., Acta Radiologica, Supp. 93 (1952).

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    Kawin, B., Hanford Atomic Products Operation, Richland, Washington (Nov. 21, 1958).

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  1. Seccion Leucemia Experimental, Institute de Investigaciones Hematologicas, Academia Nacional de Medicina, Melo, 3081, Buenos Aires

    • E. A. D. HOLMBERG
    • , A. PAVLOVSKY
    •  & C. D. DE PASQUALINI
  2. Instituto de Investigaciones Medicas, Rosario, Argentina

    • S. L. RABASA


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