A Scientist Spilled 2 Drops Organic Mercury On Her Hand

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+3 1. thefox commented 5 years ago

Hmmm... looks like I won't be mixing that tasty dimethylmercury and banana smoothie after all. :|
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0 2. MindTrick commented 5 years ago

Maybe Freddy would have lived longer if he picked another substance... :(
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+1 3. ringmaster commented 5 years ago

:'( Hope she will become the last victim of mercury poisoning.
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-1 4. creepylonghair commented 5 years ago

Not a very good expert then
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+2 5. Dennis53 commented 5 years ago

EFF U, creep, she was a world renowned expert, the work is dangerous.
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0 6. Dennyboy commented 5 years ago

We used to play with the stuff at school!...:(
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+2 7. Thanny commented 5 years ago

A drop is about 0.05mL, so three drops is 0.15mLm, which at 3g/mL in a 95% solution is ~430mg dimethylmercury. And that's assuming 100% absorption into the skin through the glove.

The idea that what happened to her was the result of a couple drops on the back of her gloved hand is pure nonsense. She got dosed with a much higher quantity.

#6 Elemental mercury isn't that dangerous. You can swallow a spoonful and come to no harm, because it doesn't react with much of anything on the way through your body. If you spend hours breathing in the vapor over a big vat of the stuff, you'll develop problems, but there's no danger like there is with methylmercury and dimethylmercury.

And ethylmercury is mostly harmless as well, being removed quite quickly from the body. That's why it's perfectly safe to use in the vaccine preservative Thimerosal.
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0 8. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

If she truly worked with this stuff, she would have known exactly how to prevent exposure, with either double gloving, like for certain toxic compounds, or even using chemo gloves, whatever the American Society of Health System Pharmacists or other safety organization requires, but she would not have just carelessly worked with these chemicals.
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0 9. snotrfan89 commented 5 years ago

The KW he is talking is this lady: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Wetterhahn
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+1 10. cretu commented 5 years ago

#8 1997(8) was a very different time. and as im sure you know, we are always learning of dangers in life that we might have thought were safe at the time

This type of tragedy IS what brings awareness and its necessary for humans to learn, as hard as it is (injury or even death). Learn from ones mistakes.
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0 11. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

#10 Yes, it was a different time, and what you're saying is true. :)