extraction of colchicine

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Tue, 20 Dec 2005 10:39:49 PST

Adam is right.  I agree this is a very risky thing for anyone but a trained 
chemist to undertake.

Jim Shields

At 11:37 AM 12/20/2005 -0600, you wrote:
>Paige.  I would try to dissuade him from trying it.  There are safer methods
>of inducing polyploidy using other chemicals.  Colchicine can be absorbed
>through the skin  and is very toxic.  Also once in the body, there is no
>antidote for it.  It is used in extremely small concentrations (dosages) for
>the treatment of gout and is probably available in Turkey by Rx at a
>university hospital.
>I would strongly dissuade him unless he has some experience in handling
>toxic substances or laboratory experience with dangerous chemicals.
>Regards, Adam Fikso
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