Alkaline environment

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Alkaline environment

Postby 605324529 » Mon Mar 16, 2020 7:30 pm

I read recently that no virus can survive in al alkaline environment. Is this true?

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Re: Alkaline environment

Postby Chem_Mod » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:16 pm

If it is highly alkaline, yes.

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Re: Alkaline environment

Postby KaleenaJezycki_1I » Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:46 pm

Why is this??

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Re: Alkaline environment

Postby Alan Cornejo 1a » Tue Mar 17, 2020 5:06 pm

KaleenaJezycki_1I wrote:Why is this??

I also wonder this, I've been researching and googling but there only the conclusions that nothing can survive in a highly alkaline environment, but nowhere it really explains how.

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Re: Alkaline environment

Postby Katie Phan 1K » Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:17 am

... is this why they said to drink bleach?

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Re: Alkaline environment

Postby Rohit Srinivas 2D » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:06 pm

This is peculiar because our bodies are slightly alkaline. Luckily we have a nice system of buffers, which we will probably learn the Henderson hasselbach equation for, which keep our bodies at a ph of 7.4.

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Re: Alkaline environment

Postby Marc Lubman 3B » Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:59 pm

This is actually not all that surprising, because an extremely alkaline or extremely acidic environment isn't really habitable for any organisms due to the environment's reactivity. Like if you have a super alkaline environment, then any complex organic molecules will be broken down and react with the alkalinity. There are some organisms, particularly different types of Archaea, which are extremophiles that can live in super alkaline or super acidic environments (alkaliphiles and acidophiles), but once again there's a limit of reactivity past which no organism is likely to survive simply because the sensitive macromolecules that make them up will be broken down by aggressive reactive species.

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