Describe how carbon monoxide kills you.

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Noel Lynch

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Adelina Madjarova Best Answer!

CO kills "you" by asphyxiation or lack of oxygen to the brain.

Itunuoluwa Oyeyemi Best Answer!

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, it binds to the hemoglobin in the red blood cell, stabilizes the bond, and therefore reduces the ability of the hemoglobin to release Oxygen to other oxygen bindings sites

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Red blood cells carry oxygen to cells so that these can function. To transport oxygen red blood cells use a protein called haemoglobin. This protein contains an atom of iron that bonds to the oxygen that comes through the lungs and then release the oxygen to the cells around the body. The problem is that if we breathe in carbon monoxide, then this gas bonds very strongly to the iron atom in haemoglobin and therefore, the iron atom can no longer bond to the oxygen for it to be transported. This will stop cells from respiring and having enough energy to work, which can be lethal. Does it make sense?

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