How can I get the biopsy out?

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From:"Patterson, Noelle" <PattersonN@NMRIPO.NMRI.NNMC.NAVY.MIL>
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Date:Fri, 14 May 1999 10:00:51 -0400
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I am finding that I have been "spoiled".  Now, I have 2 investigators
sending me OCT-embedded biopsies in a drop of OCT at the bottom of a
microfuge tube.  This is after telling both groups to send it to me OCT
embedded in a base mold/embedding ring.  (spoiled in that, up till now, no
one has not followed my instructions).  So I need tricks of the trade input.
How can I get the OCT biopsy drop out of the tube without melting and
ruining the biopsy, then embed it for cutting?  I suppose it should pop out
like an ice cube, but the tubes are not that flexible.  Getting it out is
the main problem...and, of course, they are very important biopsies!  

Noelle Patterson
Naval Medical Research Center
Bethesda, Md

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