What You Should Know About Automation in Histology

Feb 7, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Technology, Histology, Automation

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Histology has evolved considerably since its beginnings in the 17th century, with advances in both specimen processing and analysis. Consequently, histology departments now face increasingly larger workloads. To adapt, they have integrated automated systems, which save time and allow histology professionals to work on other skill-based tasks, while maintaining enough flexibility to process and stain according to the needs of the medical or research lab. Here, we’ll explore how automation has been integrated into histology to speed up the workflow of both medical technicians and researchers.

 

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Labeling in Histology

Jan 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM / by George Vaniotis, Ph.D posted in Labels, Science, Histology

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Histology, the study of the anatomy of cells and tissues, is an important field of research used by researchers and physicians. While researchers seek to understand how each individual cell affects the function of tissues and organs, physicians study the histopathology of tissues, to see how they change in those affected by disease. Proper labeling of tissue samples at each step of the tissue preparation process is critical to the interpretation of histopathologic results, which are relied upon to correctly diagnose patients. However, histological techniques present unique obstacles for proper labeling that will often require innovative identification solutions to overcome.

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A Brief History of Histology

Dec 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM / by Alex A. Goldberg, Ph.D. posted in Science, History, Histology

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Histology is one of the most varied fields of research, with a host of practical applications. Scientists have used the histological staining of tissues to understand how our bodies work, to discover novel therapeutic targets for disease, and to help diagnose patients suffering from illness. The term histology was coined in 1819 by Karl Mayer, who combined the two Greek words histos (tissues) and logos (study).1 However, the origins of histology date back even further with the advent of microscopy and the initial investigations into how tissues and organs work inside the body.


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