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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.

Annual meeting 2019 – Rochester, NY

The next annual meeting of the Biological Stain Commission will be on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th June 2019, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 30 Celebration Drive, Rochester, New York, 14620, USA. This is beside the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).  The hotel and URMC are 5.5km (3.5 miles) from either Greater Rochester International…Continue Reading

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

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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