Dirty-bomb terror test may aid cancer research

May 3, 2010

USA Today

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a few drops of blood, scientists are creating a way to tell who's absorbed dangerous radiation levels, part of the government's preparations against a terrorist attack — and research that just might point toward new cancer care, too.

Duke University's work aims to allow rapid triage in wake of a dirty bomb explosion or other radiological emergency, to sort out who among potentially thousands of panicked people need treatment for radioactive fallout and who can go home. At the same time, it illustrates an evolving new approach to developing so-called "medical countermeasures" for defense: They ought to have an everyday use, too... read more