Robert Schloesser schloesr <@t> mail.nih.gov
Fri Dec 14 15:58:50 CST 2007

Hi all Histotechs, 

We have a LEICA SM2000 R microtome. It worked fine for a few years but
recently broke (the stage would not move anymore). We spend $2000 and over 3
month trying to get it repaired by LEICA. LEICAs customer service is
completely incompetent and its technicians are even more incompetent (they
came our more than 6 times - they even send someone from Chigaco here to DC
to try to repair a simple microtome).

Anyways, to make a sad story short I would STRONGLY advice everyone not to
buy ANY products from LEICA that might require service.

Furthermore, I would like to hear from you if there is a suggestion from the
community what microtome to buy (since we have decided to throw our LEICA
SM2000 in the trash). We need a microtome for cutting frozen brain tissue
from rodents and primates. (usually 40um thick, sometimes up to 300um,
sometimes thinner). We usually use STURKEY MICROTOME KNIFES.

Any suggestions? Thank you


Robert J. Schloesser,MD
visiting research fellow
Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology (LMP)
Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program (MAP)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Building 35/1C-912
35 Convent Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892-3711
Phone: 301-451-8435
FAX:    301-480-0123


On 12/14/07 2:21 PM, "Burton, Lynn" <Lynn.Burton <@t> Illinois.gov> wrote:

> My children are now 13,10, and almost 6 and my experience was the same. My
> last 2 children were higher risk because I was preeclamptic with the first and
> was diabetic with the last. I made a list in the lab of all the chemicals
> after I physically went through and read each MSDS. If anyone is interested I
> would happily fax it to you.
> Merry Christmas!
> Lynn Burton
> ________________________________
> From: histonet-bounces <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu on behalf of Laurie Popp
> Sent: Thu 12/13/2007 5:56 PM
> To: histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
> Subject: [Histonet] Re: Pregnancy
> Hi Histonetters,
> I actually just had a healthy baby girl 8/10/07  and was a high risk
> pregnancy ( diabetic) while finishing my HT and working full time in the
> histo lab at Mayo.  I was advised by my OB to limit my formalin
> exposure, to limit my xylene exposure as much as possible, and to be
> very careful in special stains area.  To also be careful of B-5 which we
> use for our bone marrows and the list goes on.  Basically I was limited
> to cutting and embedding most days.
> Hope this helps!
> Laurie Popp, BA HT ( ASCP)
> and happy mommy to Kaiana :-)
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