Arsenic: biological information

Arsenic, despite its poisonous reputation, may be a necessary ultratrace element for humans. It is a necessary ultratrace element for red algae, chickens, rats, goats, and pigs. A deficiency results in inhibited growth.

Levels in humans

Table: the abundances of the elements in humans.
Human abundance by weight50 ppb by weight
Human abundance by atoms4 atoms relative to C = 1000000

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Hazards and Risks

Hazards and risks associated with arsenic: arsenic compounds are very poisonous to plants and animals. Arsenic compounds cause cancer and may be teratogenic.

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