Is the phosphorus in phosphate harmful?

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Is the phosphorus in phosphate harmful?
« on: 26/03/2010 04:30:02 »
Paul Anderson  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris and team,

Is the phosphorus in phosphate going through the food chain and causing some of our cancers, etc?
 
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Paul
NZ

What do you think?
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Is the phosphorus in phosphate harmful?
« Reply #1 on: 26/03/2010 06:57:30 »
No, It can't be. Phosphates are vital. Not least because they are part of the molecule of DNA.
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Is the phosphorus in phosphate harmful?
« Reply #2 on: 26/03/2010 21:51:03 »
No, It can't be. Phosphates are vital. Not least because they are part of the molecule of DNA.
Unless it's a radioactive isotope of phosphorous... [:)]