LIVERMORE — Preliminary results of blood tests from Soviet survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear accident show a link between the amount of radiation exposure and the number of mutated cells in the blood system, U.S. scientists said Thursday.
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory announced their findings after analyzing blood samples of 16 survivors of the worst nuclear disaster in history. Additional tests are being arranged, they said.
The April 26 accident in the Soviet Union killed 31 people within the first seven months after the accident and exposed thousands of people to dangerous levels of radiation that may lead to a form of leukemia.
Dr. Ronald Jensen of Lawrence Livermore's biomedical sciences division said the laboratory used a blood analysis designed to determine the number of toxic chemicals to which individuals have been exposed by measuring the effects of that exposure on the blood.