QUOTE (boit+May 2 2011, 04:40 PM)
How do you quantify one gamma ray? And remember, mutations occur even without rays. The body has a mechanism of proof reading what it synthesises in the cellular level.
You can qualify one Gamma Ray by identifying it when it strikes a Geiger Muller counter or when it strikes your body. If it is a darn good shot, it can slice both sides of your DNA strand (highly unlikely), or two gamma rays can strike both sides of a DNA strand thus causing damage that might be repaired in error by the cell.
When that "in error" repair happens, a cancer cell can begin growth and rapid duplication.
Yes, I know that some DNA mutation does occur without radiation. A virus can do the same thing. Men are now coming down with the oral cancer from the virus that causes cervical cancer in women. We will not discuss what causes this other than to say that it is from a cultural change in our moral standards.
3rd May 2011 - 01:33 AM
QUOTE (Krypton+May 2 2011, 01:18 PM)
You did not read what I wrote before responding, did you? You need to stop, read the paragraphs and answer the post. You just made an assumption and then responded to it in total error.
My opening sentence was qualified by the following sentences. There are general places in the world where the background radiation is sky high because of contamination. Chernobyl and Fukushima and Arco, Idaho and Hannover come to mind.
I pointed out that the GENERAL case, which you claimed might be true was in fact NOT true.
As to specific locations, of course there are a few areas that have higher levels of radiation than normal.
In similar breaking news, Mussolini is still dead.
2nd November 2011 - 08:46 AM
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