Tricks of the trade (was: MEASURING ACCURATELY)

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Bob is right. The stuff we really want to know is not in the books. Until
now: There is a really nice book out that any lab worker would benefit from
having on hand titled "At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator." It is written
by and for biology research lab workers but has enough carry-over that any
histotech would benefit from it. The purpose of the book is to tell you how
to do all those things you need to know NOW because someone just dumped a
problem in your lap. It goes over all the lab equipment around, measuring,
math, sterile technique, storing reagents, cell culture, working with
bacteria, molecular biology, microscopy and much, much more - all aimed at
bench workers and their need to solve problems. I recommend it to anyone in
any biology lab.

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator
Kathy Barker
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
ISBN: 0-87969-523-4

Tim Morken, BA, EMT(MSA), HTL(ASCP)
Infectious Disease Pathology Activity
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30333

PH: 404-639-3964
FAX: 404-639-3043


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Sent: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 7:01 PM

Louise Taylor's like:

>>I want to ask a REALLY DUMB question: How does one accurately measure out 
Tween 20<<

I'm amazed at the variety and ingenuity of the answers that have already

There's one kind of dumb question - the one that's not asked! Homely details

of laboratory practice like this make or break experiments - and, even more 
important, often are worth more for laboratory safety than all the MSDS's
Right-to-Know Stations the Herrn Inschpektors beam at.

I remember who taught me how to hold an ordinary glass pipette - how to grip

a pair of scissors to avoid fatigue during a lengthy dissection - and one or

two who tried to teach me how to tie a surgical knot (maybe that's why I'm a


On a different topic, I quite missed Bruce Castleman's book, and am grateful

to John Kiernan for resurrecting his shade.

Bob Richmond
Samurai Pathologist
Knoxville TN
and gladly wold he lerne, and gladly teche (Chaucer)

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