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
|Human abundance by weight||50 ppb by weight|
|Human abundance by atoms||4 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.