Bomb-pulse dating methods have also revealed the basis for many aging-related diseases, including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis, and lung disease.Prior to the use of carbon-14 dating, the cells of human heart muscle (called cardiomyocytes) were assumed to be form during the first weeks of life and were thought to be unable to regenerate, with loss of these cells being a major cause of heart failure.This suggests that cartilage collagen of the knee is formed during these years, with little capacity for turnover or regeneration after an individual matures.
Having left enormous negative environmental and socioeconomic impacts all over the world, it is hard to imagine that any sort of silver lining to these tests could exist.
This mid-20th century fluctuation is termed the “carbon-14 bomb pulse” (Figure 2).
The influx of carbon-14 into the atmosphere also led to increased carbon-14 levels in all living things, including plants, animals, insects, and humans.
Unfortunately, while these tests were performed in remote areas, their effects were not confined to their respective detonation sites.
Within a few years, the excess carbon-14 was distributed evenly throughout the Earth’s atmosphere, peaking in 1963.