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Periodic Table

Periodic Graphics: Essential elements for humans

Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning shines a light on the parts of the periodic table that make life possible

by Andy Brunning
March 31, 2019 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 97, ISSUE 13

 

 
 

To download a pdf of this article, visit http://cenm.ag/iypthuman.


References used to create this graphic:

The essential trace elements

Trace elements required in humans: an update

The elements of life and medicines

Composition of the human body


A collaboration between C&EN and Andy Brunning, author of the popular graphics blog Compound Interest

To see more of Brunning’s work, go to compoundchem.com. To see all of C&EN’s Periodic Graphics, visit http://cenm.ag/periodicgraphics.

 

 
 
 

CORRECTION:

This graphic was updated on April 12, 2019, to make clear that the element phosphorus does not appear in the 20 amino acids in the human body, at least initially. These amino acids can, however, be phosphorylated in the body after our proteins have been synthesized.

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