Japan NSC Rejected Plan To Collect Fukushima Workers Stem Cells

In April, 2011 a group of experts and related professional groups urged all workers to have stem cells collected before they began work at Fukushima Daiichi. These banked stem cells could be life saving if a worker or workers were exposed to large doses of radiation. Back in April the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan rejected the calls for stem cell collection claiming there was “no need”.

The Lancet published the original paper in April of 2011 calling for stem cell collection.

The Lancet published another paper on August 6th, 2011 where Piero Dalerba urges authorities in Japan to take the advice of the original paper and collect worker stem cells. Dalerba goes on to suggest a preventative treatment of bisphosphonates to act as a preventative measure against stronium 90 absorption.

This second paper raises concerns that stem cells were not collected from workers as was originally announced by the media early in the crisis. Were workers given the opportunity to bank potentially life saving stem cells?

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