Science: Little Pigs at Bikini

The sorry animal survivors of the Bikini atom blasts were headed home. At the Naval Research Center at Bethesda, Md experts would study the effects of radiation-lesions, recoveries or lingering deaths. In other laboratories other experts were already hard at work on Bikini clinical material. Out of their studies, they hoped would come better understanding of "radiation sickness," newest, most fascinating and terrifying of man's self-inflicted ills.

Last week, the Navy told about the animals' ordeal. At Test Able (the air-burst bomb), there were 3,030 white rats, 176 goats and 146 pigs on 22 target vessels. Some were near the blast center,...

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