I know that sun light is toxic to sperm and I've heard references to artificial lighting that is also bad, but I can't find anything in my short course notes (doesn't mean it isn't there, but I can't find it) to tell me what light bulbs are appropriate (or not) for a semen processing lab. Anyone with insight into what to use?
It's the UV light that's potentially damaging to sperm, but if you think about it - how much of a sun tan (also from UV) do you get going down the road in the car with the windows up? None! So UV will not penetrate (significantly) through glass, plastic, etc. Hence, unless you have spilled the semen on the ground in direct sunlight, you really don't need to worry about damage from UV (and if you spilled it on the ground you've got more than that to worry about! ).
Bottom line? Any form of lighting that is adequate is fine for your lab.
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