Product highlight: Iron-59

Product Highlight: Iron-59

Product Highlight: Iron-59

An abundant domestic supply of iron-59 (Fe-59) is routinely available to researchers through the Department of Energy Isotope Program (DOE IP) in partnership with the University of Missouri Research Reactor (MURR®).

The radioisotope Fe-59 is commonly used in biomedical research including in vitro and in vivo analyses of the cell and systemic metabolism in human health and disease, such as iron uptake and excretion studies. Iron-59 has a half-life of 44.5 days and beta decays to cobalt-59. It is produced by irradiating an enriched Fe-58 target in the reactor via an (n, gamma) reaction. The final product is supplied in a chloride solution of 1 to 2.5 N HCI and delivered in a plastic cap screw vial.

Through its University Isotope Network partnership with MURR, the DOE IP is addressing a market gap for Fe-59, as there are no other domestic producers of this radioisotope, while also mitigating risk associated with supply chains from sensitive foreign countries.

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