Anomalous Greying Effect in Mice with Higher Doses of X-rays

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Science  12 Jan 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3498, pp. 96-97
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3498.96


Exposure of mouse hair follicles to 1200, 1300, and 1400 r of x-rays results in delay of hair growth, precocious melanogenesis, and disruption of melanocyte distribution. The diversity of greying responses obtained with 1100 to 1700 r appears to be due to inactivation of radiosensitive follicles rather than to tissue replacement or to displacement of external sheath melanocytes into the hair bulb.