Scientific consensus can be elusive. It took decades for scientists
to accept that continents drift, that DNA is not a protein, and that Mendel
was right. Such is the process of science.
In the case of "depleted" uranium weapons, consensus regarding possible
health effects remains distant 12 years after their battlefield debut. The
Department of Defense (DOD) maintains that the weapons are safe—as safe
as live ammunition can be, at least. Prestigious institutions such as the
Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the United States and the Royal Society in
London, England, provide qualified reassurance about some potential health
effects, but say the available studies are too limited and have too many shortcomings
to allow firm conclusions.
Vastag B. Battlefield Uranium Doubts Linger for Troops. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1621-1623. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1621