CANCER, the Scourge Of the modern
world, seems to have had its
deadly effects even on the dinosaurs
65 million years ago, leading to their
deaths. Juan Collar of the University
of Carolina, us, believes that subatomic particles called neutrinos
released from dying stars after collision
with the nuclei of living atoms,
could damage the DNA, an organism's
genetic building blocks, producing
Collar observes that a dying star could produce about 12 malignant cells per kg of living tissue. The impact would be greater on dinosaurs as they had more tissue to become cancerous. Further, neutrinos were not affected by the outer layers of the body leaving the cancer to develop in susceptible tissues like bone marrow.
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