RE: [Histonet] 100% ethanol shortage

From:"Patsy Ruegg"

I use something called "Reagent Alcohol" which is a mix of ethanol and other
(not sure which), from StatLabs and they have not informed me of any
shortage, it works fine for all my tissue processing and slide prep needs.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Ford
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 2004 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Histonet] 100% ethanol shortage

HORRORS!! ...say it isn't so!  An ethanol shortage so close to the
Holidays!!  That egg nog is going to be pretty bland!

In a pinch, stop by your local liquor store and pick-up a few bottles of
"Everclear"  (95% ETOH).  That's what we use to do to get us through,
and there never seemed to be a shortage...

~ Ford

Ford Royer, MT(ASCP)
Midwest Science Biocenter
Minneapolis, MN

Bell, Lynne wrote:

>Good afternoon all,
>I have been notified by Pharmco Products that there is a severe shortage
>of 100% ethanol.  The reason has something to do with ethanol being
>blended into gas as a fuel additive (and probably some other political
>reasons, as well).  My question to my esteemed colleagues is this:  do
>any of you use and combination of ethanol and methanol for 100% and 95%
>alcohol?  One of the sales reps told my supervisor of this concoction.
>Due to the fact that that the methanol is undrinkable, this "concoction"
>is not regulated.
>Do any of you have any information regarding this ethanol shortage or
>regarding the use of methanol/ethanol in staining and tissue processing.
>Thanks for your help.
>Lynne A. Bell, HT (ASCP)
>Central Vermont Hospital
>P. O. Box 547
>Barre, VT  05641
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