Vodka kills germs?

Joan Marie Shields jshields at rigel.oac.uci.edu
Mon Oct 13 11:46:32 EST 1997

yersinia at CYBERNEX.NET (Yersinia) writes:
>>Jim Rogers writes,

Joseph Michael Bay <jmbay at leland.Stanford.EDU> wrote:
>Some story about drinking vodka to kill Salmonella.  Sounds like a plan.

>>May I ask what school allows anyone to mouth pipette *anything,* much 
>>less Salmonella?? Or, is the proper question to ask, how long ago did 
>>this incident take place?  I began college in 1991 , and in every biology 
>>and chemistry lab I've ever had with experiments involving pipetting, it 
>>was specified repeatedly that mouth pipetting was absolutely prohibited, 
>>plus the labs all have signs warning of the dangers of mouth pipetting. 

>Odd.  I had this one advisor who actually *made fun of us* for *not* mouth
>pipetting.  He scoffed at safety!  He laughed at precautions!  He would
>stick his hand into (unpolymerized) acrylamide and say "Now my hand feels
>numb!"  What a hoot.

Hmmm... sounds like he stuck his hand in unpolymerized acrylamide once
too often...  (for those confused, acrylamide is a neurotoxin)

I once had a boss who mouth pipetted 10% TCA - he never mouth pipetted 
anything ever again (scared the daylights out of himself).

Joan Shields       jshields at uci.edu       http://www.ags.uci.edu/~jshields
University of California - Irvine                            
School of Social Ecology   Department of Environmental Analysis and Design
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