Neutrino changes chlorine to argon

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A neutrino converts a chlorine-37 atom into one of argon-37
A neutrino is also able to react with an atom of gallium-71, converting it into an atom of germanium-71

It looks to me as if the neutrino was changing into a proton in both cases as argon has 1 more proton than chlorine and likewise with germanium and gallium.
But this really doesn't seem right.

Can somebody explain?




 

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It converts a neutron into a proton plus an electron. The number of protons increases by 1, the number of neutrons decreases by 1, their sum (37 and 71 respectively) does not change.
 
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A slightly embarrassed thanks. Haven't touched physics for a while.
 

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