Strong contamination with ethidium bromide

Tom Anderson via (by ucgatan from
Tue Jun 5 06:06:13 EST 2007

On Mon, 4 Jun 2007, Undergrad wrote:

> Since 3 weeks I am using Ethidium bromide without taking much more care
> of it.  Everyday I used it and I notice that few drops of the stock
> solution were throw on my finger each time I opened the tube. I never
> washed afterwards. I estimated that I have done it at least 10 times. I
> just read how toxic is ethidium bromide and now I am very scared about
> had contaminated myself. Some people says that ethidium bromide fear is
> paranoia but if not what should I do? Book a place in a graveyard ?


After that, just make sure you wear gloves when you're doing experimental
work. And probably don't consider going on to a PhD!


Tom Anderson, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UCL, London WC1E 6BT
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