RE: [Histonet] Purpose of Oven Prior to Staining?
How could the oven de-wax the section? The wax is in the tissue isn't
it? Does it drain out? Nah, xylene removes the wax.
The oven gets rid of the water, allows the section to fully 'uncrinkle'
and brings the molecules of the tissue closer to that of the glass, thus
causing intermolecular forces to keep the section on the slide (my
hypothesis). I mean how else do sections adhere to glass if the slide is
How do the sections stay on the glass? Any ideas?
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jordan
Sent: 18 September 2003 15:41
Subject: [Histonet] Purpose of Oven Prior to Staining?
Good Morning All:
My lab is in a huge discussion about the reason why we put our slides in
an oven before staining. I told them that the reason was to dry all of
the water off of them, because xylene and water do not mix. This
statement is also backed up in literature that I have read. They still
do not believe me, because they think the purpose of the oven is to
deparaffinize the slides.
Can anyone help me out, so I can put this discussion to rest? I will
print off all of your comments for my technicians to read. Is what I
told them correct or not?
Jordan W. Brod
Diagnostic Lab Supervisor - Pathology
Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL)
1 Sippel Road
College Station, Texas 77843
(979) 845-1794 fax
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