X-Message-Number: 8264
Date: Sat, 31 May 1997 08:51:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: request a good chemical fixation - answer

In Message #8262  wrote:

> I work in the department of human anatomy.  The method we are using to
> preserve the cadaver is perfusion formalin.  It's very harm to our health.
>  We do want to find a good way to preservaton which could make the jod
> done and be less harm to us.  Any recommendations for it are welcome.
> Thanks a lot.
See "An Improved Composition for Embalming Fluid to Preserve Cadavers for
Anatomy Teaching in the United Kingdom" (J. Anat. 182: 295-297 1993)
This describes the advantages of using embalming fluids based primarily on
industrial methylated spirit. 

As an alternative to aldehydes or alcohol, zinc solutions might be used.
See "A Simple Technique for Preservation of Fixation-sensitive Antigens in
Paraffin-embedded Tissues" (The Journal of Histochemitry and Cytochemistry
42: 1127-1134 1994) 

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