[Histonet] autostainers & TMA's

From:"Garry Ashton"

Dear histonetters
I have 2 topics up for discussion.
Firstly immunostainers. 
We are a small research lab and hence I'm interested in a machine that
is totally flexible with regards to running several antibodies with 2 /3
different methods.
Ideally an "open system" that will  also dewax & retrieve if possible.
We've looked at dako and biogenix which are both open  systems and
ventana and vision biosytems.
Any comments on the above, or on any other systems available would be
I know this subject ha been covered several times on the histonet, but
an up to date view would be much appreciated.
Secondly has anybody had any problems with regards to TMA sections
falling off slides.
We use 1mm cores and only put about 100 in each block, which are then
cut and placed on APES coated slides.
Sometimes up to 30% of the core may come off.
I think next we'll try charged slides. Does anybody have any opinions /
ideas on this
Many thanks in advance for any opinions.
Garry Ashton

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