RE: "instant" powdered formalin
Methanol in formaldehyde is used as a preservative. I don't believe this
would effect fixation one way or another. They may very well be using
paraformaldehyde since it is derived from formaldehyde by evaporation.
"Monson, Frederick C." on 06/05/2002 07:10:51 PM
To: 'John Williams'
Subject: RE: "instant" powdered formalin
I'm not faulting you, and the bags sound really good, but you don't
have NB Formalin, because there was likely no methanol included. I know
will still call it that, but, nonetheless, it isn't the same. On the other
hand, it will be most likely be exactly like what everyone calls 4%
It is becoming clear why death comes to the old. It is required to
stave off total confusion, something from which the young are apparently
Frederick C. Monson, PhD
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> From: John Williams
> Sent: Wednesday, June 5, 2002 6:49 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: "instant" powdered formalin
> Just a quick note to see if anyone else has sampled a
> product called Powdered Formalin. One of my techs got
> a sample from a gentlemen at BBC Biochemical. It came
> in 2 packets (A and B) and was very easy to mix. "Add
> Bag A to container. Add warm water to container and
> stir thoroughly. Let sit for 15 minutes. Add Bag B
> to same container, mix, and let sit for 5 minutes."
> After that I had 10% neutral buffered formalin ready
> to go! In my opinion, it was ready before the 20
> minutes was up, but figured I would follow the
> directions this time.
> My tech was told that the price will be about the
> same, if not less, than conventional 10% formalin.
> Storage is a huge factor for my lab. With this
> product I will be able to store, in a drawer, packets
> which will make 40 gallons of formalin!
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