Something living on colchicine!

Andrei Popov andrei.popov at
Thu Jul 18 17:37:59 EST 1996

Chromosome Terror wrote:
> Hello all,
> I just took a flask of colchicine stock solution (0.1M, or about 4%) that
> had been kept at 4 degrees for about a year... and I found "something"
> living on the bottom!
> Colchicine is a strong mutagen. The concentration used to arrest cellular
> development at metaphase is a hundred times lower than that in the flask.
> I'm amazed some fungi can grow in those conditions!
> Nacho de las Heras
> Botany Department
> University of Reading
> Reading RG6 2AS
> UK

I had a similar observation. But in my case the bugs were bacteria.


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