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Irradiated Candy

Irradiated Candy To the Editor:— Among the by-products of atomic energy, irradiated carbohydrates have become a formidable reality. Even before the days of apocalyptic prophesies of fallout from exploded A-bombs, irradiation of culture media by ultraviolet light had been shown to alter staphylococci grown on such media. The overworked fruit fly has taken up some of the research burden by undergoing suitable mutation, when his food is irradiated, but he has been mutating for research biology for many years, and this is not very exciting. Food plants have been found to get sticky chromosomes when fed irradiated carbohydrates, and their anaphase fragments lag. Irradiated glucose is found toxic to mammalian cells, which don't grow well on this dietary ingredient. Now, investigators from Michigan report chromosome damage in mammalian cells fed irradiated sucrose (Nature 221:1254, 1966). This irradiated candy does not provoke changes radically different from those observed in directly irradiated cells. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Irradiated Candy

JAMA , Volume 199 (5) – Jan 30, 1967

Irradiated Candy

Abstract



To the Editor:—
Among the by-products of atomic energy, irradiated carbohydrates have become a formidable reality. Even before the days of apocalyptic prophesies of fallout from exploded A-bombs, irradiation of culture media by ultraviolet light had been shown to alter staphylococci grown on such media. The overworked fruit fly has taken up some of the research burden by undergoing suitable mutation, when his food is irradiated, but he has been mutating for...
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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1967 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.1967.03120050086028
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Abstract

To the Editor:— Among the by-products of atomic energy, irradiated carbohydrates have become a formidable reality. Even before the days of apocalyptic prophesies of fallout from exploded A-bombs, irradiation of culture media by ultraviolet light had been shown to alter staphylococci grown on such media. The overworked fruit fly has taken up some of the research burden by undergoing suitable mutation, when his food is irradiated, but he has been mutating for research biology for many years, and this is not very exciting. Food plants have been found to get sticky chromosomes when fed irradiated carbohydrates, and their anaphase fragments lag. Irradiated glucose is found toxic to mammalian cells, which don't grow well on this dietary ingredient. Now, investigators from Michigan report chromosome damage in mammalian cells fed irradiated sucrose (Nature 221:1254, 1966). This irradiated candy does not provoke changes radically different from those observed in directly irradiated cells.

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 30, 1967

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