New Zealand Report on Vietnam DNA Damage in NZ Soldiers by Exposure to Defoliant Chemicals
Agent Orange, Agent Purple, Agent White
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Dr. Al Rowland, Director, Manawatu Microscopy & Imaging Centre, Institute of Molecular BioSciences, Massey University, North Palmerston, New Zealand.
The Institute of Molecular Biosciences is one of the leading laboratories studying genetic damage in humans. One of their studies is the report about DNA damage which you can view by clicking on the blue link below. Their research also includes genetic damage caused to veterans who were exposed to the atomic/hydrogen bomb testing at Christmas Island in 1956 and 1957. Human testing. Currently the survivors of these atomic tests are suing their respective governments.
Please click here to view the report: "Genetic Damage in New Zealand Vietnam War Veterans -
Louise Edwards conducted the study assisted by Dr. Al Rowland. The findings indicated genetic damage, according to Massey University researcher Dr. Al Rowland, although he said more extensive study is needed.
The study of 25 veterans was compared with a control group of former servicemen who did not serve in Vietnam. Dr. Rowland said the impact of smoking, alcohol consumption and the use of medical X-rays was taken into account.
"We don't know what causes the results that we see but all we know is that this group went to Vietnam and something happened," he said. Vietnam veterans have argued for 30 years that Agent Orange had a genetic impact on them and their children, causing a variety of ailments.
Successive New Zealand governments said there was no proof that the veterans had been exposed to the chemical spray, or damaged by it. But in 2004, a parliamentary select committee confirmed that Agent Orange was sprayed on New Zealand troops in Vietnam.
Ex-Vietnam Servicemen's Association spokesman Chris Mullane said the latest study endorsed the findings of overseas research and confirmed what veterans have known for decades.
He hoped the government would support a wider study of veterans and their progeny, Mullane told New Zealand National Radio, to strengthen their case for compensation. A joint working group of veterans and officials studying the health of Vietnam veterans and considering possible compensation for those with health problems is due to report back to the government soon.
UNPUBLISHED IN CANADA
One of the bizarre issues surrounding the publication of the New Zealand report is that of being unpublished in Canada when the news story broke world-wide.
It was covered in newspapers, television news, magazines, radio and through acadmeic circles in over one hundred countries including Europe, Eastern Europe, the Far East including Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Africa and the United States.
BUT NOT HERE IN CANADA
And it wasn't for lack of trying.
We, as an Association, over the past years have developed an extensive network of contacts with journalists, reporters, senior producers and editors of national daily newspapers, magazines, the Canadian Press and in the visual and audio world of the CBC, CTV, Global TV and all the provincial counterparts, and news magazines here in Canada.
We besieged them with telephone calls, emails and letters to run the story. The results were astonishing...NOTHING WAS PUBLISHED.
Not one network ran this incredible story, no one did, although the world media was so active on this story. We contacted one senior person at the CBC and we were told, after much discussion, "sometimes we are told we cannot do a story". End of discussion.
We could say that government interference prevented the media in Canada from publishing this story, but that would be speculation on our part. What do you think? Perhaps you might want to write us about this oddity.
We do want to point out that in the successive months, there were brave independents who ran the story in local newspapers, but to this day it has NEVER been nationally covered.