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Obligate anaerobes

  1. Feb 27, 2006 #1
    I want to ask why the presence of oxygen is fatal to obligate anaerobes.
    Thank you.
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  3. Feb 27, 2006 #2


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    oxygen can react with ions and create free radical and superoxides radical. These can damage the cell. Look for the Haber-Weiss cycle and the Fenton reaction.
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