Radicals and "damaging"

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DanielleNario1A
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Radicals and "damaging"

Postby DanielleNario1A » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:38 pm

Radicals "damage" DNA because they are highly reactive?

Kyle Golden Dis 2G
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Re: Radicals and "damaging"

Postby Kyle Golden Dis 2G » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:42 pm

Yes. This is because radicals only have one free electron instead of an electron pair.

Amy Dinh 1A
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Re: Radicals and "damaging"

Postby Amy Dinh 1A » Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:19 pm

Because radicals have unpaired electrons, they are highly reactive and therefore cause a dangerous amount of damage.

Tarika Gujral 1K
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Re: Radicals and "damaging"

Postby Tarika Gujral 1K » Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:06 pm

Taking antioxidants (vitamins) can help offset some of the damage.

Max Hayama 4K
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Re: Radicals and "damaging"

Postby Max Hayama 4K » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:26 pm

What causes the formation of radicals? If they are in a more stable state prior to being a radical, why are they left with 7 valence electrons?

Chloe Qiao 4C
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Re: Radicals and "damaging"

Postby Chloe Qiao 4C » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:20 am

I believe usually it is the intake of energy that breaks a more stable molecule into parts and cause radicals to form. For example, Dr. Lavelle talked about the energy of photon can cause H2O to separate into H and OH in upper atomsphere while OH is a radical.


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