Technetium - 43Tc: biological information
Technetium has no biological role. Technetium does not occur naturally in the biosphere and so normally never presents a risk. All technetium compounds should be regarded as highly toxic, largely because of its radiological toxicity.
Levels in humans
The abundances of the elements 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 technetium:
Technetium compounds are encountered rarely by most people. Technetium does not occur naturally in the biosphere and so normally never presents a risk. Technetium is studied in a few nuclear research laboratories where its high radioactivity require special handling techniques and precautions. All technetium compounds should be regarded as highly toxic largely because of its radiological toxicity.
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