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So while I'm googling myself to death of boredom... do any of you science buffs out there have anything to tell me about the biological role of the trace metal Selenium?


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Jul. 5th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
i was put onto selenium when i was littler in the hope that it would help boost my immune system. at that time it was listed as a dangerous prescription only medicine, although the law might have changed on that front. i have a blood condition which means i produce too little immunoglobulin A (god i have no idea how to spell that). i have no idea if the selenium worked or not, but i do remember it came in packaging where it was called 'selenium ACE', i always wondered if there was a 'selenium CRAPPY' to complement it.
Jul. 5th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)
Brain melts out my ears productions says..
..go watch the horrible travesty of a movie that is Evolution. It has a bit to say on Selenium.

sorry. Shall return to being actually useful sometime soon. Promise.
Jul. 5th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Brain melts out my ears productions says..
That's worrying. We both had the same movie as reference....
Jul. 5th, 2004 10:30 pm (UTC)
Aside from the really bad correlation with Arsenic as pointed out by David Duchovny in "Evolution", I've yet to come across Selenium being used in any organic media for biological purposes, although admittedly my experience is predominantly in human biochemistry and innoculation of E.coli.

From "Evolution", I'd start chasing up shampoo manufacturers/formulators and try to back track the extraction process to see if it's being harvested from culture or mineral deposits. Failing that, is it used in the cosmetics industry? That could be another starting point.
Jul. 5th, 2004 11:39 pm (UTC)
The wiki site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selenium has some info. I'm surprised googling didn't help, there seemed to be lots of useful looking sites when I tried it.
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