[Histonet] Picric Acid

Joe Nocito jnocito <@t> satx.rr.com
Wed Sep 19 18:12:49 CDT 2012

When I was in Texas the second  time ( I was there from 1981-1986 and
returned in 1991. OK so I'm dating myself) , we were preparing a CAP
inspection. I found a brown bottle way in the back of the chemical cabinet.
Lo and behold it was the picric acid I saved from the previous go round. I
said to my supervisor (Hector for those of you who know us) "Hey man, look
what I found? Picric acid." We can't have this around, I'll go put in my
truck". I put more water in the bottle and I carried it around a couple of
days until after the inspection. Yep, miss those days. The things I do for
my buddy.


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Subject: Re: [Histonet] Picric Acid

There is a lot of published data on the hazards of picric acid - although I
don't think most histo labs have to worry about what they have in house for
trichromes and fixation.  It did cost me more disposal since we used to use
hundreds of gallons a year for fixation of testes.   Finding an alternative
fixative was a good move for us.   
Jackie O'

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From: Goins, Tresa <TGoins <@t> mt.gov>
To: Ingles Claire <CIngles <@t> uwhealth.org>; Geoff <mcauliff <@t> umdnj.edu>;
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Subject: [Histonet] Picric Acid

A WEB site just for historical interest:

e continue to use picric acid in the lab, but only as an aqueous or
The chemical safety guys came out and carefully removed the bottle of 
moistened" picric acid that we had on the shelf for several years - they
ery excited as it was no longer "moist" - Montana is very dry.

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n Behalf Of Ingles Claire 
ent: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:17 PM
o: Geoff; histonet <@t> lists.utsouthwestern.edu
ubject: RE: [Histonet] RE: mouse testis in Bouins/Picric acid hazzards
Yes, but why take the chance. There are also other chemicals in the lab the 
icric acid can interact with to make it even more volitile than it was to
ith. Dynamite other explosives have the same problem. The older it gets the 
ore degraded and unstable it becomes. One never knows if or when. I'd like
void traumatically amputating my arms if possible, thank you.
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ent: Mon 9/17/2012 9:26 AM
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ubject: Re: [Histonet] RE: mouse testis in Bouins/Picric acid hazzards

I am with Wayne on this one. While I have not tried to make it explode it
eem to me that the dangers are hyped beyond reason.
ears ago an old bottle of picric acid would be discovered in a high school 
hemistry lab. Horrors! Call the bomb squad! So it was taken out to a large 
ield, packed with explosives and BOOM! Of course it exploded, it was
ith explosives.
On 9/14/2012 8:58 PM, E. Wayne Johnson wrote:
 What danger of Picric Acid are you concerned with?

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