No Validity to No Safe Dose: Part II - The LNT Model and ‘Low Dose’ Epidemiology




By Mark G. Zellmer of Husch Blackwell LLP

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Part I of this article demonstrated that the Linear No Threshold (“LNT”) model of carcinogenesis has no actual support in science. Part II will delve into two related issues:

• What argument is still presented in favor of LNT?
• How does LNT relate to the “low dose” epidemiological studies that plaintiffs rely upon?

The “Argument” for LNT

When science cannot back an argument, model, or hypothesis, its advocates will regularly resort to a simple dodge: it is the consensus view.

The …






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