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Why is carbon monoxide so poisonous?

December 29th, 2008

Episode 155 of 1067 episodes

The structure of hemoglobin causes oxygen to bind loosely to iron -- however, carbon monoxide binds very tightly to the blood's iron, reducing your ability to breathe. Check out this podcast from HowStuffWorks to learn more.

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