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Did a Nobel laureate knowingly lie about the dangers of radiation in 1946?
In 1946 Herman Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for work done on spontaneous gene mutation, including the effects of X-rays.
So Muller was the obvious guy to go to when right around the same time, the National Academy of Sciences formed a committee to offer expert advice to the government on the biological effects of atomic radiation.
In his Nobel acceptance speech and in the NAS committee meetings, Muller argued there are no safe levels of radiation exposure, a position the Academy came to adopt. That in effect influenced official policies toward radiation for decades.
The problem is, Herman Muller knowingly lied. So says Edward J. Calabrese, a professor of toxicology at the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health.