Accumulative tritium transfer from water into biosystems

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The energy balance of hydrogen isotopes in H bonds of water and biomolecules results in accumulative tritium transfer from water into biomolecules. Tests of DNA dissolved in tritiated water and of maize or barley hydroponically grown in tritiated water confirm the increase. The primary hydration shell of DNA shows an accumulation factor of ∼1.4, and the exchangeable hydrogens inside DNA show ∼2. Logistic growth analyses of maize and barley reveal the intrinsic growth rates of tritium 1.3 and 1.2 times larger than that of hydrogen. The higher rate of tritium than hydrogen incorporation in solid biomatter is caused by the hydration shells, which constitute an intrinsic component of biomolecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-790
Number of pages4
JournalFusion Science and Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2005


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