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Graham Shepherd muhero.nospam at globalnet.co.uk
Tue May 7 17:01:22 EST 2002


lamb <loes at chello.nl> wrote in message news:3CD82A23.D515DAAA at chello.nl...
> Dave wrote:
>
> > "Graham Shepherd" <muhero.nospam at globalnet.co.uk> wrote in message
> > news:ab440o$pvg$1 at knossos.btinternet.com...
> > >
> > > lamb <loes at chello.nl> wrote in message
news:3CD45325.6E662C16 at chello.nl...
> > >
> > > <snip>
> > > >
> > > > My very first task when I started in microbiology ...... fishing
slides
> > > out of a
> > > > glass jar with alcohol and polishing them with a clean cotton cloth
> > > .......
> > > > Very depressing .......
> > > > Loes
> > > >
> > >
> > > But it's fun when you pull one out with forceps, flame it and then
forget
> > > what you're doing and put it back in the jar....
> > >
> > It wasn't fun for a woman in another dept who set fire to the jar
> > and decided to carry it to the sink and managed to tip it all
> > over herself
> >
> > Dave
>
> Or the one that melted a block of parrafin-wax over a gasflame.
>
> It's one way of disinfecting your lab ......
> Biological safety is always thought of, but people do strange things with
> bunsen-burners and electricity.
> Loes
>

It's mostly a matter of training - sometimes the best way to deal with a
small lab fire is completely counter-intuitive - such as quenching a burning
cotton-wool bung with your hand. Lab instincts - especially microbiology
instincts - are different from normal people's.

GS







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