Re: detached coverslips

From:Aidan Schurr <>

The best way I've found to fix this problem is to cut around the section (through the tape) with a scalpel - be sure to go all the way through - remove the excess tape, immerse in Xylene, and coverslip with a regular glass coverslip.  If the plastic one has fallen off completely, taking section with it, it sometimes takes a little 'jiggling' to get it in the right place.  Results are functional.

a i d a n   c   s c h u r r
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  department of pathology
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>>> Louise Taylor <> 8:37:07 p.m. Monday, 13 November 2000 >>>
Hi there histonetters,

I've got a problem with detached tape coverslips of archival slides - the
tape has either fallen off completely, or is still partially stuck to the
slide. Problem is, that the tissue section is sticking to the coverslip - is
there some way that these sections can be rescued? I've tried soaking the
partially detached ones in acetone, but then the section just floats off
completely, and stcking the tape down with mounting media is messy. Any

Best regards
Louise Renton.

Research Laboratory
Department of Anatomical Pathology
South African Institute for Medical Research
South Africa

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