Copper: biological information

Biological role of copper: copper is essential for all life, but only in small quantities. It is the key component of redox enzymes and of haemocyanin.

Levels in humans

Table: the abundances of the elements in humans.
Human abundance by weight 1000 ppb by weight
Human abundance by atoms 99 atoms relative to C = 1000000

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Hazards and Risks

Hazards and risks associated with copper: copper metal powder is a fire hazard. Unless known otherwise, all copper compounds should be regarded as toxic. Pollution from industrial smoke is a problem. As little as 30 g of copper sulphate (CuSO4) has proved fatal when eaten.

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