[Histonet] Student writing summary on honey as a fixative and other comments

From:Gayle Callis


Have your student contact the author of this publication for further 
discussion on this topic.  I also suggest your student access some of the 
references cited in the publication - it would be a good exercise for doing 
a reference i.e. literature search to broaden their knowledge base.


Although honey may not be an ideal formalin substitute and the honey was 
from two species of bees found in Oman, I was intrigued by the topic both 
how it was used in the paper and historically as a preservative and 
dehydrant in other parts of the world.    I found the publication unique 
and rather interesting that something like this can be done, maybe without 
the better results of formalin fixation.  I also saw the poster at 2006 NSH 
S/C, where many were just as curious as I was honey as a formalin 
substitute, it was a popular poster to visit.

If people are NOT happy with the publication as it is,  a letter to the JOH 
editor would be in order and allow the authors to make further comments on 
what points may have been not addressed as they may not be looking in on 
Histonet to see current commentary or critique of their work.

Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
PO Box 173610
Bozeman MT 59717-3610
406 994-6367
406 994-4303 (FAX)

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