Re: Resistance to experimenting (was: times given in procedures)

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From:barbara albert <barbalb@itsa.ucsf.edu>
To:histonet@pathology.swmed.edu
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Date:Tue, 31 Aug 1999 05:23:25 -0700
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I suspect that it's the production mentality most of us are forced into
nowadays.  We just don't have time for it any more.

Barbara Albert

At 07:41 AM 8/31/1999 EDT, Tim Morken wrote:
>Steven Slap wrote
>
>>Individual labs need to understand that they may have to experiment to 
>>optimize procedures, but there is a growing resistance to this idea.<
>
>This is an interesting problem. What sort of people are coming to work in 
>the lab who are not willing to experiment to get the best results? I wonder 
>if pre-packaged reagent kits and automation are working against us us this 
>regard.
>
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>----Original Message Follows----
>From: "Slap, Steven" <SSlap@ebsciences.com>
>To: Barry Rittman <brittman@mail.db.uth.tmc.edu>,        histology 
><histonet@pathology.swmed.edu>
>Subject: times given in procedures
>Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 10:44:28 -0400
>
>Dear Histonetters,
>
>Barry Rittman wrote:
>	As noted by several others here, the times for most techniques
>are guides only
>	to provide a range. The results depend on many  factors such as
>different
>	fixation and processing techniques and times, thickness of
>section, type of
>	tissue and final result that is desired.
>
>I couldn't agree more.  As a vendor of microwave processors, I am always
>being asked for fixation and processing schedules which are ideal for
>all specimens under all possible conditions.  Individual labs need to
>understand that they may have to experiment to optimize procedures, but
>there is a growing resistance to this idea.  In my workshops, I try to
>explain the principles behind the process so that trained technologists
>will understand the impacts of varying certain parameters.
>
>Best regards,
>Steven Slap
>
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