Electrophoresis safety question

Wolfgang Schechinger wgschech at med.uni-tuebingen.de
Mon Aug 3 17:09:41 EST 1998


Hi to all hazardeur!

You always were so lucky no to get enough current to be harmed. If 
you place one finger in the agarose bath and the other hand in your 
pocket, normally nothing is likely to happen. 
Under adverse conditions (wet hands, leaky chamber, bad wire 
isolation, the other hand not in the pocket but touching a grounded 
piece of metal, having a bad power supply...) might lead to a deadly 
electrical shock. Why playing around with open gel trays if working 
safely really is so easy here?

Anyone here who yet touched mains with two wet hands? Do you fan 
your hair while sitting in the bathtube or having a shower? There are 
110 Volt only, too (in the US). You can imagine now what I'm talking 
about?

Enjoy!
No! Not electricity:-)

Wolfgang
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Wolfgang Schechinger         
University of Tuebingen, Germany
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