RE: Trash on slides

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From:Tom & Beth Galati <>
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Date:Fri, 19 Mar 1999 07:34:26 -0500
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Have you been using lotion for your dry hands and arms before you start
sectioning?  How about using gloves and long sleeves while you stain?  If
you answered "no" to either of these questions, chances are you've got
"squeems" on the slides.  Very simply put, squemous cells have flaked off
your arms/hands/head and landed on your slides and have been stained.  Also,
depending what kind of heating you use in your lab, it could be dust
covering your slides, stained, and the dust is amplified.  Finally, it could
be a bad batch of slides from the manufacturer...I know it is hard to
believe but sometimes the manufacturers make mistakes!

Tom Galati
Lab Manager
Histo-Scientific Research Lab.
P.O. Box 30
Basye, Virginia  22810

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