Radium: biological information
Radium has no biological role.
Levels in humans
- Human abundance by weight: 0.000001 ppb by weight
- Human abundance by atoms: 0.00000003 atoms relative to C = 1000000
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Hazards and Risks
Hazards and risks associated with radium:
Radium does not occur to any significant extent in the biosphere and so normally should never present a risk. Radium is studied in a few nuclear research laboratories where its high radioactivity requires special handling techniques and precautions. Its high radioactivity is far more important than any chemical toxicity but from a chemical point of view its hazards are similar to those of barium.
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