I just finished watching the TNG episode "The Child." At one point during the episode, Riker tells Data to jettison the plasma plague into space after it is discovered that the pathogens were growing. The scientist accompanying them objects because the results would be "disastrous" if the plague comes into contact with another ship or a planet. This became a moot point when the alien entity left the ship after realizing it was causing the growth. However, what surprised me is that nobody mentioned sending the cargo into a star. This made me wonder: was the plasma plague so resilient that it could not be destroyed by such high temperatures? Do stars also produce Eichner radiation? Was the Enterprise too far away from any star? Or was this PIS?