Accession Number : AD0255797

Title :   REMEDY FOR RADIATION SICKNESS

Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON D C AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY DIV

Report Date : 21 APR 1961

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : Tsiin, a white, fluffy substance, has been used by Soviet scientists to treat radiation sickness. The substance is a polysaccharide of bacterial origin and was first obtained from the common tea fungus. Tsiin does not cure radiation sickness, but exerts a protective action on the organism. A single injection of tsiin was given to mice irradiated with X-rays and was followed by treatment with antibiotics (streptomycin and bicillin). The injection reduced the death rate of the experimental mice to almost zero. Tsiin also proved beneficial in the treatment of cancer. The tumors of the laboratory mice (those receiving the tsiin injection) weighed 50-60% less than those of the control mice. Thus, tsiin may be used to check the growth of cancer. The chemistry and physics of tsiin have not been established as yet. (Author)

Descriptors :   *RADIATION INJURIES, ANTIBIOTICS, BACTERIA, CANCER, COUNTERMEASURES, FUNGI, INJECTION, THERAPY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE