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A patient with polycythemia vera(excess production of red cells) receives raioactive phosphorus-32. Why would this treatment reduce the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow of the patient?
Phosphorus atoms will be incorporated into the bony structures of the body. The radiation emitted by the decay of radioactive isotopes will destroy some of the bone marrow cells, which reduces red blood cell production.