RE to Jim 3975 - Strong contamination with ethidium bromide

Prof. Piero Sestili via (by sestili from
Fri Jun 8 05:15:07 EST 2007

Dear Jim 3975,

of course, and as anybody in this field knows, you're right: my story
was simply to tranquillize this poor undergraduate student...I think
that your intervention got the opposite result!  Another very relevant
aspect of this specific case (mine and undergraduate's one) is that we
are speaking of a SINGLE exposure, far less effective in terms of
carcinogenicity as compared to CHRONIC exposure.
By the way, if there's anybody who stained his hands with EB more than
16 years ago, please come on and tell us your story!  

Prof. Piero Sestili
Istituto di Farmacologia e Farmacognosia e
Centro di Ricerca sull'Attività Motoria
Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo"
Via "I Maggetti" 26
61029 URBINO (PU)
Tel. 0722 303414; 0722 305524 
Fax 0722 303401

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[mailto:methods-bounces from] Per conto di Jim 3975
Inviato: giovedì 7 giugno 2007 22.00
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Oggetto: Re: Strong contamination with ethidium bromide

To get cancer, 16 years is nothing. People who start smoking at 16 don't
lung cancer until 40, 50 years later. (Average age of lung cancer death
Bruce Ames showed in a PNAS paper in the seventies that smoking is more 
mutagenic than ethidum bromide (using fairly realistic doses of both).

>"Prof. Piero Sestili" <sestili from> wrote in message 
>news:mailman.1372.1181135432.5139.methods from
>Nothing to do with the past contamination!  Probably few EB molecules
>penetrated to the germinative layer of your skin and most of it was
>cleared by corneum.  Just forget it!  16 years ago I noticed an EB
>on my right hand, due to unexpectedly broken gloves: I'm still here,
>writing with the same hand....

>For the future simply wear two pairs of lattice gloves when using EB:
>normal gloves do not protect so much...and go on with your PhD

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