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Nuclear Monitor Issue: 

(January 24, 1997) A study of workers at the Sellafield reprocessing complex to determine the radiation's effect on the sex of offspring showed remarkable figures.

(465.4627) WISE-Amsterdam -If workers are exposed to a radiation dose of more than 10 miliSievert (1 rem) in the 90 days prior to conception, the likelihood that a male would be the result of that conception increased by 40 to 50 percent. Even with receiving doses smaller than 10 mSv in the 90 days before conception, a greater proportion of boys are born than in the surrounding population, or in England and Wales as a whole.

The University of Newcastle study also found a significantly increased probability of male children in the County of Cumbria as a whole in 1959 and 1960. The researches speculate that this could be the result of the Windscale plutonium fire in October 1957. However, certain factors that might point to this had not been found to be present.

Source: Nucleonics Week, 2 January 1997