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Is ethidium bromide a carcinogen?

Posted January 14, 2022


Ethidium bromide is presumed to have carcinogenic properties because of the way it interacts with DNA, changing the conformation and function of DNA. Exposure to ethidium bromide, whether via inhalation, skin absorption, or ingestion, is suspected to cause cancer. However, no studies have conclusively proved ethidium bromide’s carcinogenic nature. 

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