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    Dinosaur Extinction Sheds New Light on Cancer Treatment

    What is Iridium? Iridium, discovered in 1803, is a metal from the same family as platinum.  It is hard, brittle, the world’s second densest metal, and is the world’s most corrosion-resistant metal. The metal is rare on Earth, but found in large quantities in meteoroids.  Large amounts of iridium was discovered in the Earth’s crust layer dating from around 66 million years ago, leading to the theory that it came to Earth from an asteroid which may caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Iridium Interaction with Cancer Cells Researchers have shown cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with the iridium, the metal from the asteroid that may have caused…