“The Myth of Ethidium Bromide”

“ethidium bromide, as far as can be told from the data, is not a human mutagen. It’s not a mouse mutagen or rat mutagen either. Nor apparently a mutagen in cows and other farm animals, where it’sused in veterinary medicine at concentrations one thousand times higher than the red solutions that are so feared in biology labs, seemingly with no bad effects…
“toxicity of gel staining solutions is trivial compared to the risks of of burns from melted agarose or slipping on spilled gel buffer.””

What! Glad I’m not going to get cancer (at least from this). Irritated that I’ve spent so much time being slightly nihilistic about it.

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