In the 1960’s thousands of school-age children sent their baby teeth to the Baby Tooth Survey to assess the effect of the nuclear fallout from above-ground nuclear testing. Over the 12-year life of the program, 320,000 teeth were collected. Examination of the teeth revealed higher than normal levels of Strontium 90 (Sr-90), leading to the Partial Test Ban Treaty of August 5, 1963.
The Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) is conducting a follow-up study to assess the incidence of cancer among Baby Boomers who exhibited higher than normal levels of Sr-90 in their teeth. Thet are looking for volunteers to help catalog information from 85,000 baby teeth from the program to help locate tooth-donors. Information these donors provide about their health will contribute to our knowledge of the long-term effects of low levels of radiation exposure. The project organizers need volunteers to scan information cards and to transcribe the scanned images to facilitate contact with these donors:
- Volunteers in or near Ocean City, New Jersey, can help by scanning the information cards.
- Interested volunteers anywhere else in the world can help by transcribing the scanned images created by the Ocean City volunteers.