[Histonet] cadaveric bone

Emily Sours talulahgosh <@t> gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 04:55:37 CDT 2011

Wow, you section elephant tusk?
That is so cool.
And also, let me know what the answer is to your question, it's an
interesting one.


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On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 5:17 AM, Louise Renton <louise.renton <@t> gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi all - a somewhat morbid question for the weekend. A student in the
> anatomy dept came to me with wax embedded samlpes of demineralized
> bone from dissection cadavers. The bone is very flinty and difficult
> to section. Is this perhaps due to the preseravation/embalming process
> that the bodies undergo? Is there something I can do to alleviate this
> problem prior to processing?
> I have tried  dewaxing and furher demineralization, but the problem
> sems to be in the matrix itself--
> BTW, using my usual protocol I ahv been able to section elephant tusk
> - so I think the prob is the bone rather than what I am doing to it
> best love & haev a great weekend
> Louise Renton
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