RE: [Histonet] Xylene Substitute

From:"Molinari, Betsy"

Hi Rebecca,
I changed from Xylene to Formula 83 for my stainer/coverslipper and I
have had no problems. Definitely less fumes!

Betsy Molinari HT (ASCP)
Texas Heart Institute
Cardiovascular Pathology
6770 Bertner Ave.
Houston,TX 77030
832-355-6812 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Rebecca
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 10:41 AM
Subject: [Histonet] Xylene Substitute

I know this topic has been on here before, but of course I paid little
attention as it wasn't on top of my busy list!  And I rarely converse
the histonet, but definately watch as the conversations move along.

I work in a small research lab, but recently got a call from CBG Biotech
try their xylene substitute, Formula 83 for free.

I have only ever used xylene, but am fairly new to histologic procecures
I am considering an alternative that is less toxic.

Has anyone tried Formula 83 or have any other substitutes they can

I will try my hardest to post the results of my testing so that everyone
know.  I think once I get the sample in I can test things fairly
quickly.  I
would like to sample more than one though, just to have a comparisson.


Rebecca Jones
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