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Graham Cromar/Annette Tavares-Cromar argiope at pathcom.com
Sun Feb 9 13:33:16 EST 1997

I agree that most mutagenizing compounds would be inappropriate to a high
school laboratory.  It may be possible to collect eggs on grape agar plates
and expose them to Ultra violet light, however.  U.V. lamps can be safely
handled by following some simple safety precautions and are easily

Graham Cromar
Toronto, Canada
argiope at pathcom.com

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> There are a number of nasty chemicals, like ethyl methane sulfonate
> which will mutagenize the flies a lot.  But, the nastier the chemical,
> the more you have to be careful not to mutagenize yourself, so stuff
> like that may not be appropriate to have in High School.  One thing you
> might try is the disgusting stuff that collects in the inside end of a
> cigarette filter.  That does wonders in a bacterial mutagenesis assay
> called the Ames Test.  Or, you could take a bottle of flies to your local
> hospital or dentist and have them x-ray the bottle for a while.
> Does anyone else know if the cigarette thing will work?
> Andy Papp
> tritech_research at LAMG.com

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