Metabolic and energetic efficiency, and hence fitness of organisms to survive, should be maximal in their habitats. This tenet of evolutionary biology invalidates the linear-nothreshold (LNT) model for the risk consequences of environmental agents. Hormesis in response to selection for maximum metabolic and energetic efficiency, or minimum metabolic imbalance, to adapt to a stressed world dominated by oxidative stress should therefore be universal. Radiation hormetic zones extending substantially beyond common background levels, can be explained by metabolic interactions among multiple abiotic stresses. Demographic and experimental data are mainly in accord with this expectation. Therefore, non-linearity becomes the primary model for assessing risks from low-dose ionizing radiation. This is the evolutionary imperative upon which risk assessment for radiation should be based.
Parson, Peter A
"RADIATION, ECOLOGY AND THE INVALID LNT MODEL: THE EVOLUTIONARY IMPERATIVE,"
Dose-Response: An International Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/dose_response/vol4/iss3/4