Help! ethidium bromide accident!

Dr Engelbert Buxbaum engelbert_buxbaum at
Fri Dec 6 05:33:32 EST 2002

Wolfgang Schechinger wrote:

> BTW, did anyone ever think of the fate of mutagens excreted by people who
> receive cytostatic drugs for cancer treatment? They all are going down the
> drain and nobody ever cares...

Not only cytostatica, but also radioactive compounds used for diagnosis
and therapy (for example 10 mCi 32P i.v. for certain forms of blood

A collegue of mine once had a thyroid check. Afterwards he went back to
work, and of course wore his lab coat, including dosimeter badge. When
he entered the lab, a hand-foot monitor at the other side of the room
went into overdrive. A month later, when the results from the badge came
back, all hell broke loose. 

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