Re: Tissue fixation

From:Gayle Callis

You did not say what the specimen is nor the size??? Total fixation is
important here, and leaving it in 70% over the weekend with a fresh change
could guarantee this even in a dessicator under vacuum. Do you also take
bone all the way through clearing, in xylene for PMMA on processor? I
presume you do unless you use MMA monomer (not processor friendly) for this
step.   I would err on side of longer dehydration/clearing (yours is
equivalent to overnight per change) if you have any doubt and the bone is
really large/dense.  It ties up  processor, but it is so nice to have one
available to do the work. 

Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology - Marsh Lab
Montana State University - Bozeman
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Bozeman MT 59717-3610

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