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Deuterium is present in all naturally occurring water, and accounts for 1 in 6420 hydrogen atoms. Seemingly insignificant, that ratio is actually quite impactful in life sciences. Pure deuterium oxide (heavy water) has been found to be toxic to eucharyotic organsims, and has been found to be inhibitory in smaller doses. Here I present results that demonstrate that in even smaller doses the concentration of deuterium has a dramatic effect on life processes. I also show that at the molecular level, deuterium has a stabilizing effect. By simply changing the properties of the solvent, there can be dramatic effects that impact a variety of experiments.
For the entire story, please refer to my dissertation: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p9-qqF8oUcwNGJjZG3CoKL2xvIhbqKCFQ7_faegNPIU/edit?usp=sharing