what is meant by this explanation

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From:Gayle Callis <uvsgc@msu.oscs.montana.edu>
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What is meant, exactly, by reversible within the first 24 hours by an
excess of water?
Does this mean rinsing before total fixation is achieved?  

Also, do you have references




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>i have read this numerous times in texts.  if i recall correctly,
>formaldehyde fixation is reversible within the first 24 hours by an excess
>of water.
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>rob
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: Gayle Callis [mailto:uvsgc@msu.oscs.montana.edu]
>Sent: April 18, 2000 1:06 AM
>To: histonet@pathology.swmed.edu
>Subject: an interesting question has come up
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>
>Have been a private discussion with someone, who brought up the point that
>fixation can reverse itself, and in the context of formalin?  but that the
>fixation process is eventually irreversible.
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>Any comments on this, I found it interesting, and know the other party is
>looking in.
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>I have never experienced this, or even heard of it happening, but am always
>ready for enlightenment, could be something I have missed in reading,
>listening or discussion.
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>Gayle Callis
>Veterinary Molecular Biology
>Montana State University
>Bozeman MT 59717-3610
>406 994-4705
>406 994-4303
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Gayle Callis
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University
Bozeman MT 59717-3610
406 994-4705
406 994-4303



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