Airport strip-search machines “tear apart DNA”

body scanner at Manchester Airport

The waves have been found to “unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.”

Backscatter x-ray machines “tear apart DNA”

Yahoo | Oct 30, 2009

The latest airport security trend is the backscatter x-ray machine, touted as a powerful way to virtually frisk a traveler for contraband without the embarassment of a strip search.

Though touted as completely safe because the level of radiation is so low, travelers have been nervous about the devices — and not just because it shows off a nice outline of their privates to the people manning the machines — but because they remain scared of the health problems they might propose.

Looks like a little healthy paranoia might have been a good thing. While the conventional wisdom has held that so-called “terahertz radiation,” upon which backscatter x-ray machines are based, is harmless because it doesn’t carry enough energy to do cellular or genetic damage, new research suggests that may be completely wrong.

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Specifically, researchers have found that terahertz radiation may interfere directly with DNA. Although the force generated is small, the waves have been found to “unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication.”

I’m not a doctor, but that just doesn’t sound good.

The question now is whether this is or isn’t safe. Terahertz waves occur naturally in the environment, and we’re hit with them all the time. But should we bombard ourselves with them willingly every time we pass through an airport? No one knows how much terahertz radiation is OK for the body to absorb: Just like sunlight, a little may be fine, while a lot may be deadly. Where does the line get drawn?

Who knows? I, for one, am given a little pause by the news, and hope research continues on before these machines become commonplace.

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11 responses to “Airport strip-search machines “tear apart DNA”

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  2. I am absolutely against this x ray machines, they can get you cancer in the long run, what happens when u go through 5 different airports in one day???????? crazy.!!!!!!!!!

  3. Judy,

    Agreed. I also seem to have read somewhere that they want to scan every-body bombarding them with millimeter waves or x-rays as they come in the airport, sort of as you see in the movie Total Recall. It may actually already be done at some airports according to some secret TSA directive. Scifi movies are nothing but predictive programming to condition the masses to accept the latest form of tyranny and social engineering.

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  7. SOURCE? Which researchers have found this out? Where was it published?
    Why do we see so many scientists claiming no harm was done after having made experiments with terrahertz radiation for a long time?
    Wenn thz frequency waves do cross clothes but not skin (hence there are no bones etc. to be seen on the images we get) how do they reach the DNA inside Your cells then?

  8. Max,

    Los Alamos National Laboratory quoted in the MIT Technology Review. That’s the source. Good enough for you?

    “…resonant effects allow THz waves to unzip double-stranded DNA, creating bubbles in the double strand that could significantly interfere with processes such as gene expression and DNA replication…”

    http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/24331/

    Why many scientists (and politicians) propagandize for these things is because they are corrupt whores for the government looking for their next grant without any social ethics whatsoever. See: “Climategate” and “MKUltra” for other examples of corrupt scientists working toward criminal agendas. If that isn’t enough, I will be glad to name a dozen other examples.

    And you are wrong. Bones are visible in the scans. Not all bones, as in an X-ray, but bones near the surface like the tibia and ulna are clearly visible. Therefore, the terahertz radiation is penetrating the skin and very likely most organs that are closer to the skin where it can do serious damage.

    See:

    T-Rays to replace X-Rays in security and medicine
    http://lexx.universeii.com/2007/11/t-rays-to-replace-x-rays-in-security.html

    And they will not stop at these things either. There is no line which they won’t cross to dehumanize, invade privacy, compromise health etc. Look up “Body Orifice Security Scanner”, or “BOSS”. That along with brain-scanners, biometrics, microchips, ubiquitous surveillance and behavior monitoring pre-crime software are already being rolled out. If you don’t question some of this and the real story behind it all, psychological operations, Big Brother, the Brave New World, the New World Order, etc, then there is something seriously wrong with you.

    And it’s spelled “terahertz”

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  10. Who cares. Only an idiot would consider traveling using commercial airlines.

    I gave up commercial air travel 10 years ago and haven’t regretted it at all. If I must fly, I charter instead.

  11. Justin Roane

    @Texas Matrix

    True that!

    If you don’t agree, don’t participate. The drop in ticket sales will cause the airlines to re-evaluate this situation.

    Let’s just hope that happens soon.

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