gram stain

Phil jorge2 at
Fri Apr 17 08:22:09 EST 1998

Peter Herman wrote:
> tan poh ewe wrote:
> >
> > Can anyone tell me the mechanism of heat fixing in a smear like gram stain.
> > How does heating help fix the material on the slide????
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> > tpe
> The analogy I always use for class is an egg in a frying pan with no
> butter.  If you heat it enough it sticks.  If you heat it to much it
> chars. If you heat it before it is dry you poach it and the cell (egg)
> is denatured without sticking.
> Peter

Pretty good analogy!


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