Re: Formaldehyde substitutes

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From:Rob Geske <> (by way of histonet)
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Trisha,  Trisha,  Sounds like the reason for the change is noxious
formaldehyde fumes. Is your laboratory ventilation appropriate and
efficient? I would suggest investing in better ventilation before
making such a drastic change in fixation protocol.  Is you boss a
pathologist? If so, I expect the "traditions that are hard to abandon"
are actually years of professional experience that are predicated on
the nuances/artifacts which result from formalin fixation.  I expect
that you have thought this through, but I would warn you about throwing
the baby out with the bath water.  Rob    At 05:10 PM 11/23/98 -0800,
you wrote: >Hey Gang, > >I got the boss to consider formaldehyde
substitutes.  She wants to see a >"PAPER" on comparisons.  I am getting
literature from vendors, but I would >like to get some independent
information..a journal is what she has in >mind.  Could you(s) give me
a reference or send me a paper that would >help me with the boss? 
She's great, but traditions are hard to abandon. > >I and my pickled
lungs (eyes, sinuses et.) thank you. > >Trisha Emry >Orthodontics
Research Lab >University of Washington >Box 357446 >Seattle, WA  98195
> > >(206) 685-8163 fax  > 

Robert S. Geske

Research Associate

Center for Comparative Medicine and Department of Pediatrics

Baylor College of Medicine


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