Volume 87 Issue 25 | pp. 40-42
Issue Date: June 22, 2009

Probing For In-Body Ozone

Molecule hunters need better traps to prove that a wily oxygen species is made in the flesh
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN
Keywords: Ozone, Atheronals, Reactive Oxygen Species, Controversy

Paul Wentworth Jr. and his colleagues were studying antibodies when a run-in with oxygen chemistry took them down a completely unexpected path. That diversion led to evidence suggesting that the human body makes ozone, a gas recognized more for its role in the heavens, shielding Earth from ultraviolet light, and in air pollution, than for any role in the body. The body makes several chemically reactive species derived from oxygen, . . .

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