Friday, October 15, 2010

The dumbest thing I read today

…outside of the election coverage. Professor Rosalie David, via PhysOrg:

There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer.

Cosmic rays, radon, aflatoxin, radium, HPV, PAHs from forest fires, asbestos, tar, and the frakkin’ Class G2V Melanomablaster 5778™?

I fully agree that industrialization has greatly increased the amount and diversity of carcinogens we’re exposed to, and the effect is magnified by our success at reducing other causes of death (after all, everyone dies of something). But, seriously, I hope that was a misquote.

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