Electrophoresis safety question

Hiranya Roychowdhury hroychow at NMSU.EDU
Wed Jun 17 10:12:39 EST 1998

At 10:14 PM 6/16/98 -0400, Robert DeLisio wrote:
>Amps kill, not volts.
>I've gotten "tickled" by both submersible and sequencing gel apparati and
>was not injured. Under normal running conditions the amperage running
>through either one would not do you much harm. However, a sequencing gel
>shock does get your attention.
>Running submersible gels without lids prevents overheating particularly with
>low-melt gels.

One should run LMP gels in the cold room, or in a cooler/refrigerator. Not
having the lid on should not be an option.


Dr. Hiranya Sankar Roychowdhury
Plant Genetic Engineering Lab.
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Ph. (505) 646-5785
hroychow at nmsu.edu

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