Scanning Microscopy


Two new simple stabilization procedures for freeze-dried biological material are introduced which are compatible with low temperature embedding (LTE) in Lowicryl. The first method uses a Lowicryl K11M/HM20 mixture supplemented with 0.3% uranyl acetate for LTE. For the second method polymerized Lowicryl blocks containing the freeze-dried material are exposed to OsO4 vapor which penetrates into the Lowicryl block and stabilizes the embedded specimen. The quality of structural preservation is demonstrated with human leukocytes.

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