[Histonet] Advice.

Gayle Callis gcallis <@t> montana.edu
Thu Jan 26 11:55:59 CST 2006

For some reason, I have a chapter copied from a book titled Animal and 
Insect Histotechnology, no author - all I have is a chapter from this book 
authored by Debra A. McElroy - but it contained some words of wisdom for 

Fixation NBF, Bouins, or Zenkers - after fixation, soak fixed specimens in 
4% phenol (4 ml melted phenol in 96 ml 80% ethanol) for 24 hours to soften 
the chitnous exoskeletaons then process into paraffin.

If you try this, please keep us posted on results.

  At 08:29 AM 1/26/2006, you wrote:
>         With cuts in staff I've been asked if I can teach the histology 
> portion of a zoology class. Problem, one of the tissue I'll be using is 
> insect abdomen with its chitin exoskeleton. Any hints and tips regarding 
> this type of material, processing, embedding, sectioning, that sort of 
> thing. Or, is it Mollifix time again?
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Gayle Callis
Research Histopathology Supervisor
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
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