For your convenience we have provided some common questions that arise before shipping specimens to our histology service facility.
We accept all mammalian, birds, fish, reptiles, arthropods and amphibian tissues.
We accept all types of tissues that have been fixed in your choice of fixation. Please tell us of the fixation used so that we can select an appropriate processing method. We suggest transferring your tissues into 70% alcohol before shipping. This will cut the need to declare hazardous material (fixation).
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. We also ask that you let us know prior to shipping.
Due to the nature of frozen tissues, we ask you to notify us at least 1 week before sending specimens. If you ship on dry ice, a priority overnight service is requested to ensure tissue stability. We would also like to know the conditions of said tissue of the actual procedure used to freeze the tissues. This helps us determine how best to handle your tissues once they arrive. Please have all packages arrive before 3 pm Monday – Thursday. We do not accept any frozen deliveries on Friday or Saturday.
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.
Please contact us via email at least 1 day before shipping. This allows us to plan and look out for the package.
Silver – This is the leisurely turn around time. If you’re not in a hurry or have time to spare, this is perfect. All projects in this category are handled according to when they are received. The turnaround time is usually between 1 week and a month.
Gold – If you’re in a hurry and have a small project, depending on number of samples, and preceding “expedite” project there are can usually be returned in 2 weeks.
Platinum – Most rush services are quoted higher than both of the other services. This is based on overtime work and extra lab supplies needed to process your specimens faster. We work hard to get your project back within a couple days, assuming a small project.