Re: Humidity and Xylene Subs

From:Sarah Jones

Hi Linda,
  We have the same problem with humidity.  I've found that placing a station of xylene after the last absolute and before the xylene substitute works great.  If you want to use the "absorbent beads" I think it is indicating drierite that is used.  

Sarah Jones HT(ASCP)
Dept. of Vet. Anatomy & Public Health
Histology Lab
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4458
phone: 979-845-3177
fax:  979-458-3499

>>> Linda Stirpe  07/02/03 06:51PM >>>
Hi Fellow Histonetters,

Now that summer and humidity is upon us our lab is
having the usual "bleeding eosin" problem. Last year
we were staining by hand but this year we were lucky
enough to get an automatic stainer which we thought
would take care of the problem - guess again.  We are
using Richard Allan Clear Rite 3 which I know loves to
absorb water.  I remember some literature about
"absorbant beads" to place in the Xylene Subs to help
with this problem.  Since I cannot find the literature
- does anyone know the name, supplier, price, etc. and
most important do they work?  Thanks!

Have a great holiday!

Linda Stirpe
Corning Hospital
Corning, NY  14830

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