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Cockroaches are immune to the effects of radiation?

  1. Jan 3, 2010 #1
    I've always heard people say that roaches and similar insects are completely immune to the dangerous effects that radiation has on biological organisms. Although I doubt this is true, I just wanted someone on this forum with the scientific expertise to confirm this.
     
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  3. Jan 3, 2010 #2

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    Roaches aren't immune, their cells divide slower, so there's less chances of radiation causing problems.

    So a colony of roaches may survive where humans wouldn't, but every roach wouldn't necissarily survive
     
  4. Jan 5, 2010 #3

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    It's not the speed they divide, it's the interval between dividing. From what I understand, during cell division is when cells are most vulnerable to radiation. Humans cells are constantly dividing.
     
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