Question #7edb6

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Dec 25, 2014

Yes, DNA is disrupted by radiation.

When DNA is exposed to radiation, the radiation can possibly disrupt the DNA's sequence which can later cause issues when the DNA replicates to produce new cells. Radiation can change even a single amino acid pair which could lead to a deficiency or issue in the following cells produced.

For many cancer patients, chemotherapy is a viable option. Chemo is an example of a type of radiation which is administered to kill the cancer cells, and disrupt DNA (the main idea behind chemo is the radiation will kill the cancer cells). Disruption of DNA could also result in tumors or masses.