ethidium bromide contamination on clothes

SJC snip.this!-scott.coutts at
Tue Jun 13 08:26:16 EST 2006

Aawara Chowdhury wrote:
> In <dt68un$6qn$1 at>,
>  DK <dk at> wrote:
>> No need to be that paranoid. EthBr is very soluble and was washed 
>> away in your washer just fine. Besides, the amounts you are talking 
>> about are incredibly negligible to begin with. 
>> And that is not to mention that EthBr is not particularly mutagenic and
>> it's carcinogenicity is entirely putative. A single smoked sigarette 
>> contains 100X more mutagenes than the amount of EthBr you are 
>> talking about. 
> Does ethidium bromide even cross the plasma membrane of intact cells?

Yeah, it does, although not as readily as many people think. But still, 
I wouldn't be encouraging people to splash it around!

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