Ames test: Ethidium bromide

Dr. Duncan Clark news at
Wed Jul 18 11:08:41 EST 2001

In article <ELEEJAHDFDNONPJILLJKMEHECHAA.cglez at>, the eminent
Celedonio González at BIOSCI/MRC Human Genome Mapping Project Resource
Centre wrote
>Then eating a EtBr-containing 18 x 20 x 0.5
>cm gel would be as harmful as smoking a single cigarette, since the gel
>would contain 90 micrograms of EtBr (at the usual 0.5 microgram/ml
>concentration), the quantity needed to generate as much revertants as the
>smoke of a single cigarette.

I was just going to say the same myself. So it is pretty much harmless
unless I get hungry :-)

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

Duncan Clark
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