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Dark Matter Dust Particles Could Cause Cancer in Humans — Theoretically

Astrophysicists contemplate whether "mirror" dark matter causes cancer.

Does dark matter cause cancer? It’s a fun question to play with because we don’t actually know what dark matter is, let alone whether its hypothetical components are capable of emitting mutation-generating radiation. But since the stuff constitutes an estimated 80 percent of the universe’s known matter (if it even exists), astrophysicists are constantly analyzing and re-analyzing their models trying to pin down one of science’s most compelling mysteries.


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