RE: [Histonet] CSI Las Vegas

From:"Hawkins, Hal K."

I saw it, and was mainly impressed that the forensic pathologist cut his
own sections!  I didn't notice that he turned the crank backwards.  We
used to see that kind of lining up of nuclei as a cautery artifact.  I
was able to assume that it was selective editing that let him go from
the unfixed sample to the microscope in 45 seconds. 

Hal Hawkins
(deputy medical examiner)
UTMB, Galveston, Texas

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of
Bartlett, Jeanine (CDC/CCID/NCZVED)
Sent: Friday, May 18, 2007 12:54 PM
To: Robyn Vazquez; Jackie.O';;;
Subject: RE: [Histonet] CSI Las Vegas

Don't forget the doctors from House taking a piece of tissue from the
refrigerator, placing it on a petri dish, dropping red stuff on it and
looking under the scope to see the "immuno".....and all of the doctors
do all of the procedures themselves, including all the lab work.


From: on behalf of Robyn
Sent: Fri 5/18/2007 1:42 PM
To: Jackie.O';;;
Subject: Re: [Histonet] CSI Las Vegas

Like never (pathologist doing own histo)...

ditto happy Friday


>>> "Thomas Pier"  5/18/2007 9:42 AM >>>

Yeah, my wife had to tell me to quite down when I started shouting
about how he was doing it all wrong.  The tissue was never fixed or
processed.  It probably would've been totally fried from the
"deparaffinization method" that was used.  He turned the wheel on the
microtome the wrong way.  The slide was also magically stained.  The
biggest problem though, is that a pathologist actually did his own
histology.  When was the last time that anybody saw that happen?

Happy Friday,

>>> "Jackie M O'Connor"  05/18/07 10:38 AM
Anyone catch the histology scene in CSI last night?  The medical
took a piece of skin from a victim, put it in a mold, poured wax on it,

put it in a microtome, turned the wheel backwards to get a section on a

slide, melted the wax off with a Bunsen burner, then looked at the
under the microscope - -from that he determined that the victim was
electrocuted.  I love TV science.

Happy Friday!

Jackie O'
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