SPECIMEN PRESERVATION PROCEDURE Print
Written by Russell McAndrews   
Monday, 25 May 2015 22:23

1. Fix specimen by submerging in a 10% buffered formalin* solution for 48 hours.

 

 

2. Transfer to distilled water for 24 hours.

 

 

3. Dehydrate specimen through an ethanol series, (10%, 30%, 60%, 70%) for a period of 24 hours in each solution.

 

 

4. Store in a 70% ethanol.

 

 

* Suggested recipe for buffered formalin:

 

formaldehyde solution 100mL

Sodium acid phosphate

(NaH2PO4-H2O) 4.0g

Anhydrous disodium phosphate

(Na2HPO4) 6.5g

 

Check pH, adjust to 7.0 with NaOH or H3PO4 if necessary.  Dilute to final volume of 1.0 L.

 

NOTE: Formalin is combustible, an irritant and may cause cancer.  Use glove and adequate ventilation.  Store in flame proof cabinet.

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