Re: Breathers (was Microchatter chit chat)

From:Bill Sinai


I have always been a breather,  not just to obtain better sections easily
but also to keep alive.  I was taught to perform this when I first began in
Histology 38 years ago and have found it invaluable to produce good
I agree with John Kiernan about the why? it works and have summised over the
years it probably did have something to do with humidity and the reduxtion
of static.

Bill Sinai
Laboratory Manager
Tissue Pathology
P.O. Box 533
Wentworthville NSW 2145

Subject: Re: Breathers (was Microchatter chit chat)

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> Bryan Hewlett wrote:
> > It would be intriguing to pole the 'netters', in order to find the ratio
> > 'Breathers' vs 'Non-Breathers', how about it folks?
> > It would also be intriguing to find out why the 'Breathers' think it
> > ... 'Huffing', that arcane, gentle, open mouthed art that Jeff
> Dear Bryan,   I'm a breather.
> Gentle low-velocity oral exhalation helps a lot when static
> electricity renders ribbons unduly unruly. As to why? How
> about the same reason that static generally is reduced by
> humidity?
> The dry/damp stuff is probably explained in physics books
> for schoolchildren, but I stopped reading them more than 40
> years ago, and can't remember why water vapour discharges
> static.
>              John.
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> John A. Kiernan
> Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology
> The University of Western Ontario
> London,   Canada   N6A 5C1

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