Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 299–301

Radiation-induced risks at low dose: moving beyond controversy towards a new vision

Letter to the Editor


The paper recently published by Mothersill and Seymour (Radiat Environ Biophys 2013, doi: 10.1007/s00411-013-0472-y) is commented upon by emphasizing on the recommendation not to confound the fields of radiation protection and radiobiological science as a source of controversy. Instead, these authors are proposing a new vision which suggests novel lines of scientific investigations to be addressed. At the moment, these include moving beyond the conceptual approach of DNA alteration through energy deposition in cells, and exploring the striking parallel currently existing between the ongoing individual/population debate in radioecology and that for cells/tissues in radiobiology. These interesting issues are briefly discussed and supported.


Radiation risks Human radiation protection Environment radiation protection Low doses Radiobiology Radioecology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety (IRSN)Centre of CadaracheSt Paul-lez-Durance cedexFrance

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