Methyl mercury treatment

Jim Hutchins hutchins at
Thu Sep 28 21:57:57 EST 1995

OK, we all know (or should know) how the incredibly toxic compound methyl
mercury renders all nucleic acids single-stranded.  (BTW, it works great
for mRNA preparation for RT in library production, improved our yield 

The question is, HOW does it work?  No one seems to know.

You can send me a reference if you have one, I just need a pointer to the
primary literature.

Jim Hutchins
Assoc Prof Anatomy, Asst Prof Neurology (Research), Univ Mississippi Med Ctr    ***    E-mail:   hutchins at
``It became necessary to destroy the town in order to save it.''--American
infantry officer firing on Ben Tre, Vietnam, 2/8/68

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