Rare Metal From The Asteroid That Killed The Dinosaurs May Cure Cancer

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The meteorite that brought destruction to the dinosaurs may have had a rare earth element that may contain a cure to cancer, according to mmn.com.

65 million years ago a meteorite destroyed to dinosaurs but left a rare earth metal, but is common in space rocks. The element that was left was Iridium, according to mmn.com. Research was conducted at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Sun Yat-Sen University in China and Iridium attacks cancer cells and kills them. Iridium is not common to earth’s crust but it is found in the clay that coats our planet and in meteorites.

An experiment was conducted on a piece of Iridium and organic material. Scientists focused a laser on the Iridium which released a high form of oxygen, which is poisonous to targeted cells, according to mmn.com.

The reason Iridium works against cancer cells is becaused Iridium is already used in cancer treatment medicine. But Iridium by itself could be revolutionary in the science of medicine, according to mmn.com.