Keywords: liquidators, Chernobyl, offspring, children, transgeneration effects, low radiation, non–radiation factors, psychogenic stress, cytogenetic effects, genetic effects, nuclear accidents, nuclear energy, nuclear power plants, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
The possibility of determining of anomalies and pathologies in the offspring of liquidators of Chernobyl accident by non–radiation factors
Hereditary effects of radiation on people are not revealed and estimations for humans have been carried out by extrapolation from mutagenesis of irradiated mice (UNSCEAR). Nevertheless, in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus disturbance and pathologies are found in the children of liquidators of the accident at the Chernobyl atomic power station. Authors connect effects only with irradiation (basically in low doses) though there were also other factors. So, the psychogenic stress leads to genomic and chromosomal damages and strengthens the mutagens. For the offspring of parents with psychoemotional stress, depression, etc. the set of alterations and diseases is registered. For liquidators probably there is also the influence of other non–radiation factors. The conclusion is made that effects on the children of liquidators have mainly not a radiation cause. Families of liquidators were in a stress (together with effects of other agents on fathers) and could give birth to less healthy children.