How to Send Specimens Through the Mail


Fixed Tissues

We suggest transferring your tissues into 70% alcohol before shipping.  This will cut the need to declare hazardous material (fixation).

Unfixed Tissues

All unfixed tissues should be shipped as soon as possible after taken out of the body to decrease atrophy.  Specimens should be sent in PBS and refrigerated if possible to further decrease necrotic microscopic results.  

Frozen Tissues

If you ship on dry ice, a priority overnight service is suggested to ensure tissue stability.  

How should we ship our specimens?

Specimens should be packaged well to contain any fluids. Be sure to enclose your shipment in several containers or bags to make sure it does not leak. Leaking shipments are often rejected by shipping companies for safety reasons. Be sure your package is well padded to avoid damage if they are dropped or crushed. You can ship your specimens in whichever media best suits your needs. Follow your local regulations when shipping specimens.


Send A Manifest

For all projects, sending a manifest (ID record) with your package (see manifest example-2) will help the lab identify your specimens. This manifest is used to identify and match your specimens to the ID record. It is also used for writing cassettes, blocks, slides (if necessary).