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  • 1 Ben Gurion University of the Negev Department of Nuclear Engineering Beer Sheva Israel
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Abstract  

The possibility of (n, γ) reaction for cancer therapy is discussed in connection with gadolinium due to its exceptionally high cross section. It is argued that the therapeutic effect is not only due to Auger electrons but also to the recoil of the Gd atom. If the Gd atom is bound to the DNA it will cause several raptures in the same DNA molecule leading to death of the cancerous cells.