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Bromine is essential to life in humans and other animals

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Considering the scarcity of bromine-containing organic compounds in nature, especially in sources other than marine microorganisms, I find this surprising:

“Twenty-seven chemical elements are considered to be essential for human life. Now there is a 28th: bromine. In a new paper, researchers establish for the first time that bromine, among the 92 naturally-occurring chemical elements in the universe, is the 28th element essential for tissue development in all animals, from primitive sea creatures to humans.”

Chemical element bromine is essential to life in humans and other animals, researchers discover — ScienceDaily.

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  1. Here is the journal article that the Science Daily article is based upon:
    A. Scott McCall, Christopher F. Cummings, Gautam Bhave, Roberto Vanacore, Andrea Page-McCaw, Billy G. Hudson. Bromine Is an Essential Trace Element for Assembly of Collagen IV Scaffolds in Tissue Development and Architecture. Cell, 2014; 157 (6): 1380 DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.05.009

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