• Question: What does radiation do to cells?

    Asked by joey11 to Vicky, Samantha, Matt, Karolina, Alison on 29 Dec 2013.
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      Karolina Chocian answered on 29 Dec 2013:

      There can be many effects on the cell and it also depends on the type of radiation, but without getting into details of chemistry, for biology what is important is that it can damage the cells DNA and introduce mutations. These can often lead to problems like lack of control of the cell cycle- this can be a begining of a tumour.