Astatine: biological information
Astatine has no biological role.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: (no data) ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: (no data) atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with astatine:
Astatine does not occur to any significant extent in the biosphere and so normally never presents a risk. Astatine is studied in a few nuclear research laboratories where its high radioactivity requires special handling techniques and precautions. From a chemical point of view one, can speculate that its toxicity would mimic that of iodine.
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- S. Budavari (Ed.) in The Merck Index, 11th ed., Merck, USA, 1989.
- N.N. Greenwood and A. Earnshaw in Chemistry of the Elements, 2nd edition, Butterworth, UK, 1997.