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Free Control Slides

Histology Control Slides

Beginning this week, all 22ct histology control slides (see link below) bought will now come with 3 extra unstained slides FREE. Buy 22 get 25 controls.
Histology Control Slides

We have 24 different human histology control types to choose. Mouse and rat normal tissues are also available as control slide sets (inquire). Some controls like Fite, fungus, gram and helicobacter pylori are four of our most popular controls. They go fast, get them before they’re gone!

This promotion (3 free slides) will be species specific but not necessarily same tissue type. We will try to match same controls as bought but if they are not available, we will throw in another validated control type. If you order hospital grade human tissues you will get 3 similar unstained slides, free. Likewise, if you order Mouse or Rat 22ct, you will get 3 free mouse or rat slides respectively.

Extra slides will be marked with either our slide printer or hand written. Extra slides may or may not be sequentially ordered and will be placed at the back of each box.

Free slides are not guaranteed and will discontinue at anytime. 100ct boxes not included in the promotion.

Contact us at 508.461.7207

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Hygroscopic Chemicals Cause Stress

Last year I had problems with the trichrome stain. The nuclei would not stain that dark purple back color. I tried making new chemicals one after the other. They were not out of code but maybe someone had poured one into the other or it had become diluted by excess carry over or water. In between each chemical change, the stain had to be tested and quality assessed, a tedious process. After all 7 chemicals had been replaced, the nuclei still appeared washed out.
What could it be, the hematoxylin? I ran the tissues in Weigert’s hematoxylin for the range of 10, 20 and 30 minutes. The nuclei were a little darker at 30 minutes but not enough to get happy over.
After months of trial and error, mostly error, I somehow stumbled upon a clue. During my search of the internet and really just grasping for any hint pointing to anything, I began reading the MSDS of all the chemicals. Let me tell you how to fall asleep even when you’re not to, read the MSDS of all the chemicals used by histology labs. There was a word “hygroscopic” that I was not familiar with. My definition taken from reading many others, a chemical that absorbs water from the atmosphere unless protected against. The Wikipedia definition is:

Masson's TrichromeOne of the recent questions on histonet was “Recently we started having problems with our 10% nb formalin not completely fixing our animal tissues. We haven’t done anything different in making up the solutions, but we’re finding incomplete fixation in the center of the tissues. We are letting it stay in formalin the same amount of time (24-48 hrs.) as we’ve always done. The pH has not changed. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where we can look to troubleshoot correcting this problem? Our recipe method is: 4g Sodium Phosphate, monobasic monohydrate (Fisher Chemical co.) 6.5g Sodium Phosphate, dibasic anhydrous (EMD Chemical co.) 37% Formaldehyde (EMD 10 parts formaldehyde to 90 parts Dh20. Any helpful thoughts would be appreciated.”

My response was as follows:
Hello Fran, I did not see any other replies to your question and hope I am not the
only one. Your recipe looks good and the only thing I notice is the
Sodium Phosphate, dibasic anhydrous. This chemical is hygroscopic,
meaning it takes on water very easily, even out of the air. When this
happens, your intended solution concentration is skewed and may not
do as intended. All of our chemicals that have this property are either stored in
glass desiccate jars in the refrigerator or wrapped with parafilm
after each use and stored in a desiccate jar at room temp.

Update:  We now store all our hygroscopic chemicals in the refrigerator at 4C.

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Human Skin Tissue Control Slides On Sale $1.37 Per Slide

This is an incredible tissue control sale that will only last 30 days.  All slides are cut to order and can be customized to meet your needs.  We can place negative control tissue right next to the positive tissue and orient to your specifications. Orders will be taken be email or call us at the number below at a first come first serve basis.  No order is considered too small or too large, if we still have the tissue you will get it.

Skin is a very versatile tissue that can be used for a variety of special stains, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescent stains.  It can be used for special stains such as;

  1. Verhoeff Van Gieson (elastic)
  2. T-blue
  3. Trichrome
  4. Movats
  5. Orcein
  6. PTAH
  7. Picrosirius Red
  8. And others

Controls for immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescent stains include;

  1. CAM 5.2
  2. EMA
  3. Pan-keratin
  4. MNF-116
  5. smooth muscle actin 1A4
  6. S100
  7. Melanin / Mart-1
  8. CD1a
  9. CD117 / C-kit
  10. Langerin
  11. 8-OHdG
  12. Ber-EP4 (epithelial antigen)
  13. Bim
  14. Caspase 3
  15. Cdk4
  16. CDw49f (integrin-alpha6)
  17. Claudin 1
  18. Collagen III, IV
  19. CK 6, 8, 10, 14, 16,17, 18
  20. And many others

Human skin VVG40x


Human Skin T-Blue2 20x Human skin MT blue Skin sirius red polar

Skin Fluor human skin H&E 40x


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