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Re: lab spill

In a message dated 7/25/00 1:41:29 AM, lasheppard@UCDAVIS.EDU writes:

<<  A container full of TAE buffer =
(tris plus EDTA, pH 7.5) sprung a leak and saturated about a dozen lab =
notebooks full of data. The books contain the results of several years =
of research, written in ballpoint pen or felt-tip marker, as well as =
many polaroid photos and several sheets of developed x-ray film. The =
notebooks themselves are bound books of ordinary lined pages. >>

The primary recommendation is to get the paper dry or frozen ASAP. IF IT
CANNOT BE DRIED within (about) 48 hours, mold can start to grow and that mold
will create an even bigger problem. Freezing is usually the best alternative,
especially if you are unfamiliar with a drying procedure. Freezing may also
be the best for paper with inks that are/will bleed.
I don't know much about the photographs, but they may also be frozen, or
separated and air dried.
Good Luck
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA   16695
fax 814-793-4045

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