MadSci Network: Biochemistry

Subject: Biology and heavy water

Date: Wed Aug 26 14:44:03 1998
Posted by Oren Cheyette
Grade level: other
School: No school entered.
City: Berkeley State/Province: CA
Country: USA
Area of science: Biochemistry
ID: 904160643.Bc

What are the biological consequences of replacing ordinary water with 
heavy water?  For isotopes of other elements I'd assume the answer is 
"none".  But with hydrogen vs. deuterium, I'm wondering, e.g., could 
one drink pure heavy water and get away with it.  (Not that I'm 
planning on trying...)

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