From:"T. Truscott"

Bob, You can also try raising the humidity in your lab or around your 
microtome.Also try soaking your paraffin blocks in water or in water on ice. 
Tom Truscott USDA-ARS

>From: "Barbara Stancel" 
>Subject: Re: [Histonet] STATIC AT THE MICROTOME
>Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2003 18:24:54 +0000
>Dear Bob,
>Dryer sheets. Try them in your pockets or stuffed up your sleeves. Rub them 
>on your hands as you would toweling off after washing. I have even used 
>them wrapped around the block (chuck) holder of the microtome or stuffed in 
>the paraffin tray under the knive.  They come fragranced and 
>non-fragranced. I have also tried the anti-static sprays sold for spraying 
>on clothes to reduce "creeping" skirts and pants. Works pretty good sprayed 
>on microtomes and/or sleeves.  There have been dry winters that I have used 
>all of the above.
>Histologically yours, Barbara
>Barbara H. Stancel, HTL(ASCP)HT
>USDA, FSIS, OPHS, Eastern Laboratory, Pathology
>RRC, 950 College Station Road
>Athens, Georgia
>>Subject: [Histonet] STATIC AT THE MICROTOME
>>Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 23:03:54 EDT
>>I am learning to be a histotech and when using the manual Leitz 1512
>>microtome, I seem to have a problem with alot of static, the ribbons 
>>either move away
>>from my fingers or they jump on and wrap around them, or they jump on to 
>>disposable kinfe holder or the frame of the microtome. Does anyone have 
>>suggestions they would be willing to share with me, to make my learning 
>>Thank You,
>>Bob Neumann
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