[Histonet] Frozen section ...HELP

Lee & Peggy Wenk lpwenk <@t> sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 8 04:33:52 CST 2010

The freezing point of water is 0 degrees C. The freezing point of 100% 
ethanol is -114 degrees C. The freezing point of 70% alcohol is about -48 
degrees C. Since most cryostats are at -20 to -25 degrees C, your tissue 
isn't freezing completely. You probably have "slush" ice inside the cells. 
Not hard enough to support the tissue during a frozen section.

Fresh tissue would be the best, as formalin fixed tissue also tends to cut 
awful (whole different reason). If you can't get fresh tissue from human or 
animal necropsy, can you get some "parts" from a raw uncooked chicken to 
practice on? Save some muscle, skin, liver, etc., from tonight's supper?

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

From: "louise renton" <louise.renton <@t> gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 4:43 AM
To: "Histonet" <Histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu>
Subject: [Histonet] Frozen section ...HELP

> Hi all,
> after more than a decade of NOT cutting frozen sections, I find myself
> back at the ice-face.
> To get my hand in (not literally) I thought I would do some trial
> sections on stored tissue - stuff that was in formalin and now in 70%
> alcohol.
> Horror ; dismay. The tissue, once frozen, is all mushy in the middle.
> Is this because of teh long storage?
> is there anything I can do to improve the situation?
> much appreciated
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> Louise Renton
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