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Cobalt is a grey, hard metallic element. It is an essential trace element and a vital part of the vitamin B-12 molecule. Cobalt is complexed to form the reactive site of vitamin B-12. Cobalt stimulates red blood cell production but use as a therapeutic agent is frequently not effective and may be toxic. Other forms of cobalt exist, i.e. cobalt 60 which emits beta particles and energetic gamma rays and is used in radiation therapy and diagnosis, in place of radium and X-rays.

Lehninger, A.L. Principles of Biochemistry. Worth Publishers, Inc. New York. 1011.

Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 24th edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1982.


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