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From:Donna Simmons <>
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Date:Thu, 29 Jul 1999 14:42:59 -0700
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Does anyone know of a supplier in the US or Canada of Methyl Benzoate and
LVN (or celloidin)?
Want to do double-embedding.
Ronnie Houston
Cytochemistry & Molecular Pathology
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 559 7744
(214) 559 7768 - fax
Hi Ronnie,    Here's my first "in-person" HistoNet post:

In the 1970s and 80s, I used to order LVN for embedding large primate
brains from the "Hercules Powder Company" -- that's right, as in gunpowder,
I do believe...    (Remember, solid nitrocellulose is similar to TNT, and
is explosive unless kept wet with 70% alcohol at all times! )   I believe
one of the editions of the AFIP staining manual had a special section on
embedding decalcified middle ear specimens in LVN [sometimes referred to as
celloidin], if you want a reference.

I'd heard the company changed its name to just Hercules some time ago, and
a search of the web via Yahoo
yielded the following when I asked for the product Nitrocellulose (no luck
with LVN or low viscosity nitrocellulose).  I hope its the right company
and the right ballpark for the product you seek.

Product: HERCULES  Nitrocellulose

Uses & Industry: Used in lacquers protective decorative coating
applications, and heat-seal coatings in the Paints and Coatings industry

Company Website: <>

Cheers, -Donna

Donna M. Simmons  HTL(ASCP),	 PhC (Program in Neuroscience)
Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Southern California
Hedco Neurosciences Building 		voice: 213/740-3166
3614 Watt Way-Rm428
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520		fax: 213/741-0561


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