gram stain

Rich L lm11nospam at
Fri Apr 17 18:01:24 EST 1998

Peter Herman <rpeter at> 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

Nice analogy


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