Dirty-Bomb Antidote: A Ground-Breaking Drug Trial Has Commenced in The United States

By: | May 30th, 2023

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The development of effective radioprotectors has proven to be challenging, and there is currently no widely approved oral drug.

In a breakthrough, scientists are conducting the first human trial of a new drug that could reverse the effects of radiation from a dirty bomb or nuclear accident. This ground-breaking experiment is presently being conducted by the research institute SRI International in California.

The dirty-bomb antidote pill, HOPO 14-1, is designed to remove harmful radioactive contamination from the body.

A dirty bomb, also known as a radiological dispersal device (RDD), is a conventional explosive device that is combined with radioactive material.

Referred to as a “weapon of mass disruption” rather than “mass destruction.”

The primary aim of a dirty bomb is to create fear, panic, and contaminate the surrounding area with radioactive substances.

Its purpose is not to cause massive destruction through the explosion. The radiation spreads in the form of a cloud, dispersing to a few blocks or a few miles from the explosion.

Effects of Radiation Exposure:

Radiation exposure can indeed have detrimental effects on a person’s health. The radiation emitted by radioactive materials can damage DNA, cells, tissues, and organs in the human body.

This damage can also lead to various acute and long-term health effects, including an increased risk of developing cancer.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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