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  •  The carbon in your body is WAY more (0+ / 0-)

    radioactive than any DU that a person is exposed to.

    So, the question to you is - do you consider yourself to be radioactive?  I mean, you are.  Everyone is.  

    But, for all intents and purposes the level is low enough to not have any biological effect - that's what I"m saying for DU.

    Now, from a chemical perspective - ionizing radiation generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) that damage DNA.  In theory DU can do this - but in reality a given amount of DU will generate one million ROS by chemical mechanisms for every ONE (yes, a single one) generated through radioactive decay.  

    Thus, if DU is harming a biological system, it is one million times more likely to be doing so through a chemical and not a radiological mechanism.

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