Re: C14 cryonics question

Anders Sandberg (
11 Nov 1998 14:41:39 +0100

Spike Jones <> writes:

> Anders Sandberg wrote: According to the chemistry textbook I have
> > in my bookshelf the abundancy in living material is one in 10^12.
> > The human genome is roughly 6e9 nucleotides, each having around
> > 10 carbon atoms ...
> thanks anders. i cant find in my modern physics book the number
> of C14 abundance. if it is one in 10^12, my calc was off by
> a mere 5 orders of magnitude. {8^D i think peter passaro wrote:

The number is from General Chemistry by PW Atkins, Freeman 1989, page 820

> > ...Only one in roughly ten million carbon atoms
> > is a C-14 atom and with a half life of 6000 years this is not a very
> > frequent event...
> im a space type not a biology type. which of the above is right,
> 10^7 or 10^12? spike

I must admit I don't know. I just trusted the textbook (*very* dangerous! :-)

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