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Mitogenetic Radiation


BETWEEN 1920 and 1935 a great deal was published on the subject of mitogenetic radiation—a radiation usually considered to be ultraviolet, which is emitted by dividing cells and which stimulates other cells to divide. These studies were originated by Gurwitsch1 and are still carried on in the Soviet Union, but almost ceased in Britain and the United States in the 1930s after much careful but negative work2–4. Nobody there was able to stimulate cell division with weak ultraviolet light or to detect radiation from rapidly dividing cells with photoelectric or biological detectors.

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METCALF, W., QUICKENDEN, T. Mitogenetic Radiation. Nature 216, 169–170 (1967).

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