Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 257–274 | Cite as

Chemical and biological consequences ofβ-decay

Part 2
  • A. Halpern
  • G. Stöcklin


In Part 1 of this article physical and chemical effects ofβ-decay in labelled molecules were reviewed and their potential importance for breaking predetermined and specific bonds were pointed out. After incorporation of labelled biomolecules in living systems, such as viruses, phages or cells, the radioactive decay of the label alters the biological behaviour of the system, in the extreme case causing loss of the ability to reproduce, the extent of these consequences depending strongly on the type of radioisotope.

Now Part 2 includes a brief discussion of biological effects associated withβ-decay, emphasizing the relative importance of local transmutation and internal radiation effects from the decay of3H,14C,32P,33P,35S and125I. Attempt is also made, whenever possible at the present stage of understanding, to correlate biological effects with chemical processes on a molecular level.


Radiation Chemical Process Biological Effect Molecular Level Extreme Case 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Halpern
    • 1
  • G. Stöcklin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Chemie der Kernforschungsanlage Jülich GmbH, Institut 1: NuklearchemieJülichGermany

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