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How terahertz waves (those used in airport scanners) tear up DNA

Discussion in 'Science & Technology' started by twilyth, May 26, 2011.

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    If it's really as bad as indicated, this is some worrisome news. Apparently, DNA breaths, in the sense that it spontaneously zips and unzips every few nanoseconds (see - http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0015806). When hit with terahertz radiation, it can prompt this unzipping to happen when it shouldn't. This can result in cells being reprogrammed.

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