Issues of Science and Technology
Alexander Litvenenko died in London from polonium-210 poisoning in November 2006. The following websites give information about various aspects of polonium-210.
- Properties of the element and how it is produced
- Background from the BBC
- January 5, 2007 Update
- US Centers for Disease Control
- CDC Public health and clinical guidance
- WHO information sheet
There has been a question of where the polonium used in the poisoning originated. United Nuclear came into a great deal of publicity when it was found that they offered polonium sources.
Polonium has been found in cigarettes. It is not known whether it is a factor in lung cancer, although its radioactivity makes it suspect. Other polonium issues have surfaced as a result of the Litvinenko poisoning.
- Polonium in Tobacco
- More on Polonium in Tobacco
- Po-210 for a dirty bomb?
- Experiments on humans with polonium
- Tie-in to the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism?