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Human Biology (MindTap Course List)

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Cecie Starr + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305112100
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Human Biology (MindTap Course List)

11th Edition
Cecie Starr + 1 other
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305112100

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Chapter 3, Problem 3CT
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Section 3.17 mentions that arsenic poisons human cells because it halts the production of ATP. This happens because the structure of arsenic atoms closely resembles that of phosphorus atoms—so close, in fact, that arsenic can take the place of phosphorus in chemical reactions. Why would the substitution of arsenic atoms for phosphorus atoms prevent the formation of ATP?

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