Vodka kills germs?

Modem Modem at sciboard.spd.louisville.edu
Wed Oct 15 01:52:10 EST 1997

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

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

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

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

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

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

JS>Joan Shields       jshields at uci.edu       http://www.ags.uci.edu/~jshields
JS>University of California - Irvine                            
JS>School of Social Ecology   Department of Environmental Analysis and Design
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Some people insist on using mouth pipetytting because it gives them much
better control.  There is a gadget for them that has a flexable diaphram
 in the tube line so that there can be no chance of any thing getting to
their mouth.

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