A coordinated research project initiated by the International Atomic Energy Agency in 2005, and which is scheduled to end this year, is helping member states to develop methods for the production of molybdenum-99 without using highly enriched uranium. More than half of the member states involved in the project are now using the methods beyond the laboratory setting, the agency said. "Looking ahead, hopefully the CRP will transition into an IAEA inter-regional technical cooperation project, in which proven molybdenum-99 production technology is deployed by member states," said Ed Bradley, an IAEA nuclear engineer with the Research Reactor Section.

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