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[IBTimes] A New Method For Mass Testing For Radiation Damage

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David Brenner, a professor of radiation biophysics at Columbia University, has developed a prototype system for getting accurate dosages of radiation from dozens of people at once, and getting the results of thousands of tests in a few days (up to 30,000 per day). Called the Rapid Automated Biodosimetry Tool (RABIT) it is designed to test blood samples for radiation damage and enable health workers to quickly determine who needs immediate medical treatment and who does not.
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The RABIT can test up to 96 samples, all taken by simply pricking a finger. By automating the process of testing for gamma-H2AX and the micronuclear assay, the machine can get through a workload in a few hours that would tie up a lab for days.
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/1287...n-exposure.htm
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I find it rather suspicious that something like this pops up at the moment of a radiation crisis, or is it just me?
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Well it makes sense. Never let a crisis go to waste, there is money to be made.
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probably an existing idea that is now being put to commercial purpose.
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probably an existing idea that is now being put to commercial purpose.
That's my assumption.

No reason to produce it when you'd have to poison a bunch of people to actually test and prove it works.

Now after the disaster they have a use for it.
    
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