Substitute for chloral hydrate in mic...

Substitute for chloral hydrate in microscopy

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TomBug

New Brunswick, NJ

#1 Dec 19, 2012
Chloral hydrate is a classic reagent in entomology, used to clear specimens for analysis under a microscope. Chloral hydrate is a narcotic, and finds itself listed as a Schedule IV DEA substance, and therefore quite hard to come by.

Scientists at Rutgers have developed a working substitute for use in microscopy, known as Visikol(TM) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloral_hydrate/
http://otc.rutgers.edu/pdf/Simon-2012-146.pdf

The images on the Visikol(TM) website are mostly of plants, however there are some breathtaking micrographs of drosophila,

http://visikol.com/slideshowimgs/3.jpg
http://www.visikol.com/application_images/ent...

Hope this helps!

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