Formaldehyde and computers

Keith Robison robison at
Thu Mar 16 11:24:58 EST 1995

Brian Robertson (b.robertson at wrote:
: Dear Bionetters,

: We have a PowerBook in our Category 3 facility for TB work.

: Does anyone know if computers survive formaldehyde decontamination?

Isn't there water in formaldehyde solutions?  That would be bad news.

For whatever its worth, I believe NASA has long used ethylene oxide
for sterilizing instrumentation (such as the Viking landers for Mars).

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

robison at 

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