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Transmutation

Definition

noun, plural: transmutation

(1) (biology) The evolutionary transformation of one species to another, as transmutation of species.

(2) The supposed conversion of base metals to another of greater value (for example into gold or silver).

(3) (radiobiology) The transformation of one element or isotope into another by the process of nuclear reaction.

(4) The act or process of transmuting; the state of being transmuted.


Supplement

In biology, transmutation occurs in species level wherein one species change into another by the process of evolution. Another is by nuclear transmutation in which some studies show that it occurs within living organisms.

In radiobiology, an example of transmutation is the transmutation of uranium-238 into plutonium-239 through the absorption of a neutron and subsequent beta emission.


Word origin: from Late Latin transmutationem (a change, shift)

Related forms: transmutational (adjective)

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Bacteria...

Because they cannot do transmutation of atoms ;-) There might be bacteria able to work from elemntal phosphorus, but most of them need the phosphate to grow.

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by canalon
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:38 am
 
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Nuclear Power?

I mentioned that transmutation thing to my chem prof and he looked at me like I was crazy.

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by MichaelXY
Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:29 am
 
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Nuclear Power?

Have you thought about transmutation? Not related to philosopher's stone.

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by mith
Sun Dec 02, 2007 7:30 pm
 
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The Fiber Disease

... complexes have the ability to bio-react one with another, and also inter-react with cells to synthesize or transmute new mineral compounds. The transmutation of vegetal silica and magnesium to form calcium in animal and human bones is a typical example of new synthesis of mineral's. Enhances ...

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The Fiber Disease

... current dissolution (dudding of electro-magnetic circuits), cancellation of electromagnetic fields, de-activation(dudding) of nuclear warheads by transmutation of fissionable materials, and simple production of particle beams of enormuous power density. Electron current dissolution is also effective ...

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