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Effects of Iodine on Glands in Endocrine System

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When reactor 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in Ukraine exploded on April 26, 1986, a great plume of radioactive isotopes erupted into the air and spread for thousands of miles. Most of the isotopes emitted after the blast were of the element iodine. Which of the glands of the endocrine system would be most seriously affected by the blast, and how do you think this would become evident in the nearby population?

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The effects of iodine on glands in the endocrine system are determined.

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The thyroid gland.

Iodine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones. So iodine is concentrated in the thyroid. If the iodine is radioactive the radiation ...

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