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Jabu Ndlovu

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Does high speed travel change human DNA?
« on: 16/09/2011 20:01:02 »
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My question is on high speed travel, via motor vehicles and aeroplanes.  How does this affect the human gene?  I want to believe it does in a way but I lack the scientific knowledge to further investigate it further.

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Offline SeanB

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Does high speed travel change human DNA?
« Reply #1 on: 16/09/2011 19:28:40 »
If it had an effect it would have been seen already, as the earth is moving around the sun at quite a rate, whilst the entire solar system is moving at around 2 kilometers per second in orbit around the galaxy. You just do not notice it as everything is moving at the same rate. Astronauts have to go at 12km per second to obtain enough energy to reach earth orbit as well, and, as they are probably the most studied people around, any effects would have been seen since the 1960's when the first people orbited the earth.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 17/09/2011 17:31:16 »
If high speed travel affected DNA then you could look at that change and deduce that you were moving. That's at odds with relativity.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 17/09/2011 19:53:18 »
I know it seems odd, but you are already travelling at relativistic speeds, with respect some cosmic particles, with respect far galaxies, with respect to everything that moves at relativistic speeds from you; you can't say it's that distant galaxy which is moving fast away, it could be you, instead. But actually it's none: you can only say that you are moving *with respect to something*, and not that you are moving in absolute sense.
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