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Terminology of staining. Online glossary.

In December 2018 the Biological Stain Commission published an online glossary of words, names and short phrases relating to staining and histotechnique, including fixation, tissue processing and, of course, staining – with dyes, histochemical methods and immunohistochemistry. Notable features are explanations of physical, chemical and immunological terms used in explanations of what the different kinds of fixation, processing and staining do to cells and tissues. There are abundant cross-links between entries, for speedy navigation within the glossary.

The BSC trustees who collaborated in this project anticipate extending the scope the glossary in future.

Have you paid your membership?

Have you paid your membership? Membership is ordinarily renewable at the beginning of January each year. To renew your membership  in the Biological Stain Commission and continue to have access to Biotechnic & Histochemistry, please renew before 1st February.  The easiest way to do this is online, by way of the B.S.C. Membership link on…Continue Reading

Acknowledgements

The first version of the Biological Stain Commission’s web site was constructed by Matthew Frank, who also managed the assay laboratory in the early 2000s.  The late Dr Alton D. Floyd (1941-2015), formerly Secretary and also a Past President of the BSC, produced a revised web site, hosted by IX Web Hosting. Management of this…Continue Reading

Online Journal for BSC Members

If you are a member, the BSC supplements your annual subscription to include the journal Biotechnic & Histochemistry. The subscription includes the complete online archive of Biotechnic & Histochemistry and its predecessor (1925-1991), Stain Technology, Fully searchable PDF files are available for every published article. This archive constitutes a substantial proportion of the technical literature…Continue Reading

Certified Dyes

Changes have been made in certification standards since 2002, the year of publication of the 10th edition of Conn’s Biological Stains and of the detailed account of tests used in the Commission’s assay laboratory (Penney et al. 2002). The following notes (alphabetically by names of stains) refer to new tests, revised standards, and substances added…Continue Reading

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