University Chemistry ›› 2019, Vol. 34 ›› Issue (8): 40-43.doi: 10.3866/PKU.DXHX201905055

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Our Bodies Need Zinc

Kun XIONG2,Xiaorong WANG2,Di WU1,3,4,*(),Xueli ZHENG1,*()   

  1. 1 College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
    2 West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610041, P. R. China
    3 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Office, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
    4 Department of Academic Affair, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, P. R. China
  • Received:2019-05-20 Accepted:2019-05-22 Published:2019-06-17
  • Contact: Di WU,Xueli ZHENG;
  • Supported by:
    四川大学新世纪高等教育教学改革工程第八期(SCU8163);四川大学“小规模在线开放课程(SPOC)”有机化学课程项目;四川省科技厅科普项目(2019JDKP0065);四川大学双创专题研究项目(SCUCXCY1725);四川大学教改项目(SCU 8160)


Although their contents in the human body are extremely low, even less than 0.01 wt%, trace elements are essential for the human body. As a kind of trace element, zinc plays an important role in human growth and development, reproductive inheritance, immunity, endocrine and other important physiological processes. At the same time, zinc deficiency is also a common phenomenon among Chinese children. Through the fictional experience of the fictional Zinc Gu Cheng, this article uses the anthropomorphic approach to popularize the role of zinc. Finally, the story ends with a little girl's dream. We hope that through this short story, people can understand the importance of zinc to the human body and realize the indispensable role of trace elements.

Key words: Zinc, Physical and chemical property, Physiological function, Zinc supplement