Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist: Part: Part 523

One of the more damaging products of radiation in living matter is a negatively charged oxygen molecule called a superoxide anion. This anion is an oxidant that also is produced in living beings undergoing ordinary metabolic processes. To counteract the deleterious effects of negatively charged oxygen molecules nature has given us an enzyme called superoxide dismutaseĀ  (SOD).

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