Supplies

Supplies

Supplies

Sources of frequently requested necropsy and histology materials

Instruments
The following are all you need for most mouse work.
Scissors, Mayo, 6 3/4", straight, Fisher #12-460-475* 50822617* 50822388*
Scissors, iris, 4 1/2", straight, Fisher #73-121-0 12-460-104 NC9060757
Tissue forceps, 1x2 teeth, 5", Fisher #64-52
Tissue forceps, 1x2 teeth, 4", Fisher #76-451
*These scissors are carbide-edged. They are expensive but well worth it, as they will stay sharp for a long time and outlast several pairs of cheaper ones. They can also be reconditioned to like-new by the manufacturer. The same or similar products are available from Roboz Surgical Instruments, Miltex Instrument Co., Fine Science Tools, World Precision Instruments, and VWR. Adler Instrument Co. (Norcross, GA) offers reconditioning services.

Dissecting boards
Dissection is much easier with a good dissecting board and specimen pins.
Thermo Shandon Neoprene Cork Dissecting Board 16" x 12" Fisher #36-119
Mopec Inc Neoprene Cork Dissecting Board 16" x 12" Fisher #NC9673323

Pins
OIC® Pushpins, Clear, Box Of 100 (Office Depot)
Gem® Aluminum Pushpins, 3/8" Shank, Box Of 100 (Office Depot)

Containers
Fisherbrand* Multipurpose Specimen Storage Containers (#14-955-11 series 4 oz to 8 oz sizes for mouse work)

Neutral buffered formalin 10% (NBF)
Fisher PROTOCOL* 10% Buffered Formalin (2.5 gal, #23-427-098)

Decalcifying solution (for bone)
Rapid decalcifying solution for routine use. There are others for specialized procedures such as IHC.
Fisher Cal-Ex* Decalcifier #CS510

Trimming blades and handles
PATHCO double edge blades Fisher #NC9734740
PATHCO handle for double edge blades Fisher #NC9620480

Cassettes
Fisher Tissue Path* IV Tissue Cassettes #22-272 and #22-292 series
Fisherbrand* Histosette II* Tissue and Biopsy Cassettes #15-182-701

Biopsy pads
Fisherbrand* Biopsy Foam Pads #22-038-221 (32mm x 25mm x 3mm rectangular)

Cryosectioning embedding compound
Cryo-OCT Compound Fisher #14-373-65

Cryomolds
Andwin Scientific Standard Cryomold Fisher #NC9643511