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by Bryan Llewellyn of British Columbia. This site contains a wealth of
information about dyes and other reagents, with recipes, procedures and
essays on the mechanisms of staining. A notable feature is a
compilation of more than 60 different formulations of haematoxylin
- The Biological Stain Commission
is a non-profit organization that has worked quietly behind the scenes
for more than 80 years to ensure that the dyes used for staining
tissues and microorganisms are what they claim to be and have adequate
potency and purity. The BSC holds an annual meeting and publishes books
and a journal, Biotechnic & Histochemistry
that appears 6 times a year. A complete archive of the journal and its predecessor Stain Technology is available at the B&H publisher's web site. Membership in the BSC is open to all who
are interested in stains and staining. Members also receive print and
online subscriptions to the journal.
- Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry.
Published by the Histochemical Society, this has been the best journal
in its field since 1953. The web site includes abstracts and full text
versions (PDF files) of all the articles published since January 1959.
(For papers published in the last
year, you need to be a member of the society or your institution's
library must subscribe to the journal. All the earlier stuff is free!)
- The Cutting Edge. This
excellent newsletter is published four times a year by the Canadian
division of the National Society for Histotechnology. It carries
articles of interest to histotechnologists everywhere, as well as
informal items. Current and back issues are available.
- Laboratory Histology.
The superb web site of Roy Ellis. It includes many exerpts from the
large Woods & Ellis techniques book, illustrated and well
documented with numerous references, and supplemented with a gallery of
coloured photomicrographs. This is a really useful resource for
everyone who takes histotechnology seriously. Roy's site also includes
sections on immunohistochemistry, lab safety, and more, with numerous
links to other histo-relevant web sites.
(If your lab can't afford to buy a
few books for the price of 1 ml of diluted antiserum, this web
site is a must! I suspect that this scholarly internet resource is
greatly under-used, even though Google brings it up on the top of the
heap when you ask for "roy ellis".)
- Histotechnology technical methods
from the Pathology Department of the University of Nottingham. (Robin
Hood's arch-enemy was that city's sheriff.) This is a useful
compilation of about 100 mixtures and procedures, supplemented by
helpful practical notes. (Each item is
accompanied by a small-print note dissociating the University of
Nottingham from responsibility and claiming copyright for anything that
might be quotable. Forget this politically correct stuff. The
information on this web site is all derived from published sources, and
references are provided.)
- IHCWORLD. An
ad-supported web site with much information on general histotechnology
as well as immunohistochemistry. Many links, including suppliers of
chemicals, antibodies, equipment etc.
Links updated June 2008