Could muonium change life as we know it?

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Meet muonium, a variant of hydrogen that substitutes the proton in its core for a lighter muon. I doubt that a lot of people know about it so please watch the video.


According to chatGPT, muonium can form chemical bonds with other elements similar to hydrogen, creating muonium analogs of hydrogen-containing compounds. For example, muonium can form bonds with carbon to create muonium-labeled hydrocarbons.

I wonder what effect it would have on life beings if muonium entered the food chain and started replacing hydrogen atoms. After all all organic matter is mostly made of hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Changing all or most hydrogen atoms in organic molecules wouldn't just make them lighter. It could potentially mess up everything or create a completely new sort of life. That's very dangerous stuff potentially.
Muonium is not naturally present on Earth, but according to this video can be relatively easily created in particle accelerators.
On the bright side, muons have a mean lifetime of about 2.2 microseconds, so muonium is also supposed to decay very quickly. But if it were to bind to other atoms like carbon or oxygen the resulting molecule could be more stable. I'm not sure if this has been tested.
 
Has muonium ever been bonded to another atom/molecule? Is that possible at all? And does it become stable then?
 
Yes, it can bind with other atoms just like hydrogen. It's not clear if that would make it more stable. There is so little muonium on Earth that more research is needed.
 
Well, I guess it cannot make a stable bonding in nature, otherwise this element/particle would have been known since much longer. But who knows it could be done in a laboratory.
 

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