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Radioecology's Coming of Age--or Its Last Gasp?

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Science  13 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5588, pp. 1800-1801
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5588.1800

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MONTE CARLO, MONACO-- A group of rebel radioecologists contends that efforts to protect humans from radioactive contamination have short-changed the environment. But some experts are balking at their calls for a radical new approach that would protect nonhuman species as well. More contentious still are the potential implications of the approach for the regulation of dumping radioactive waste in the sea.