Wolfgang Schechinger u7k0201 at
Mon Jul 31 10:47:17 EST 1995

gbga13 at (B.L.Cohen) wrote:
>In article <3v5rvf$jro at>, Wolfgang Schechinger
><u7k0201 at> wrote:
>> Hmm. This point of interest comes up again and again...
>> If you have the facility of bringig it to a suitable incinerator (infectious waste e.g.) do 
>> this. Or use at least 1M sodium hydroxide. This will destroy it. (You can measure this by 
>Can you please provide a reference to the use of alkali to detoxify EtBr? 
>It is a suggestion that I have not seen before and might be useful.
>But can any chemists indicate what the products might be?  
>Remember that the product of hypochlorite treatment of EtBr is mutagenic in
>the Ames test _without_ microsomal activation and may therefore be a more
>potent mutagen in vivo (mammals) that the unaltered compound (even though
>there may be very little of it).

Sorry, but I cannot give you a reference. If we have small amounts of EtBr in a solution, we 
mix it with NaOH and put it to our toxic waste. Gelc etc. we do put into a bag that goes to 
Wolfgang Schechinger
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