Korea to build research reactor for production of isotopes

The government took the first step toward building its first research nuclear reactor that can produce molybdenum-99, a radioactive isotope used to diagnose and treat various illnesses, including cancer.

The country already has a research reactor that produces radioactive isotopes but not molybdenum, which is most frequently used in medical procedures, according to an official from the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).

The new 20-megawatt reactor, along with an isotope production facility, will be built in Busan, 450 kilometers south of Seoul, by 2016. The 290 billion won ($259 million) project will be partially funded by the city of Busan, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said.

For full article see Korea Times.

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