Radioisotopes are atoms which have an unstable nucleus, meaning they will undergo radioactive decay. The term radioisotope comes from "radioactive isotope". An isotope is an atom which has the same number of protons, but a different number of neutrons. For example, cobalt, with 27 protons and 32 neutrons, and cobalt, with 27 protons and 33 neutrons. Isotopes will chemically interact identically, but they have different physical properties.
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In this section we will explore the use of carbon dating to determine the age of fossil remains. Carbon is a key element in biologically important molecules. During the lifetime of an organism, carbon is brought into the cell from the environment in the form of either carbon dioxide or carbon-based food molecules such as glucose; then used to build biologically important molecules such as sugars, proteins, fats, and nucleic acids. These molecules are subsequently incorporated into the cells and tissues that make up living things.
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It has already been pointed out that each radioactive isotope has a specific half-life period. The radiations that it emits can be detected and measured. Also the chemical properties of isotopes of a given element are identical. This makes it possible to incorporate a small amount of radioisotopes in a system and trace the fate of particular element or a compound in a series of chemical or physical changes. Some of the applications of radioactivity have been discussed as follows:.