No Chemical Preservatives
We believe Lab Technicians and science Teachers are subjected to enough chemical exposure during their career as it is. Students, too, deserve to learn in an environment that limits their chemical exposure to those experiments that require the use of chemicals in a controlled and safe manner.
The specimens supplied by Dissection Connection are 100% chemical preservative free. No formalin, no glycol, no nothing. The exception are the small intestines which are packaged in a solution of sterile 0.9% saline to prevent dehydration of the specimen.
This entry was posted on February 18. 2014 by Miss Vivi
Movember, Mo Bros
Mo man, Mo brother-in-law, Mo dad and Mo nephew
This is the face of men’s health in my life and life just wouldn’t be the same without them. Throughout November Miss Vivi will be supporting Movember Australia by being a Mo Sista and sporting a moustache on all our sites.
Movember is an annual charity initiative that sees the sprouting of moustaches on guys around the globe during November, in a united movement for men’s health.
Committing their top lip for 30 hairy days these men (known as Mo Bros), effectively become walking, talking billboards and through their Mo growing efforts, raise vital funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Thanks to the support of over one million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas across 21 countries, Movember is now recognised as one of the world’s leading non-government funders of research and care programs for men’s health issues.
This entry was posted on November 07. 2013 by Miss Vivi
Movember, Mo Sista
For the month of Movember Miss Vivi will be a mo sista and will be sporting a moustache to support all those mo bros out there raising money, raising awareness of mens health issues and raising eyebrows. Get into it, Mo Vivsters!
This entry was posted on November 01. 2013 by Miss Vivi
Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protectors from Scientrific
One of my favourite things about conferences is catching up with the other suppliers and checking out all the cool new stuff they have for you. In Cairns in June the lovely lads from Scientrific gave me a sample of the Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector with instructions to try it out as a dissection mat and report back.
Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector from Scientrific
The mat comes as a sheet or a roll and you can easily cut a piece to the size you need. It’s designed with all sorts of lab tasks in mind, it’s chemical resistant and absorbs spills.
Foreground – waterproof back of mat, Background – slip resistant front of mat. Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector from Scientrific
The front of the mat is slightly fuzzy and the back has a waterproof coating to stop ‘yuck’ from soaking through on to the bench. I’m going to test it out on an eye dissection to see how it goes.
Porcine eye dissection performed on Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector from Scientrific
The slip resistant surface of the mat held on to the specimen nicely and stopped it from scooting out from under the scalpel blade. Porcine eyes aren’t very big so your fingers are quite close to the blade. The less slippage, the better. Once the eye was opened the mat soaked up the vitreous humour that spills out and usually makes your dissection tray a bit slippery.
Aftermath of the porcine eye dissection on Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector from Scientrific
I didn’t bother with a dissection board – I just used the mat directly on the table. You can see the back of the mat here hasn’t let any of the moisture leak through and hasn’t been cut by the normal use of the scalpel.
Waterproof back of mat following porcine eye dissection on Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector from Scientrific
I tested a direct slice with the scalpel onto the mat and it did go straight through but that wouldn’t be a problem during a normal dissection. Pushing the scalpel straight down through the layers of the cornea onto the mat didn’t cut through it at all. You would probably use the mat on top of some sort of dissection board in the classroom anyway to avoid any damage to your benchtops.
Hole cut with scalpel in Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector from Scientrific
At the end of the dissection your boards and benches should just need a quick spray and wipe down with some disinfectant unless someone has really gone to town with the scalpel on the mat. The mat can be cut to size and then the leftovers can be wrapped up in it and disposed of so there is very little wastage and it will help with tidy up at the end of the class.
All in all, I think this would be a valuable addition to the lab. Not only for dissections but for all sorts of experiments in the classroom as well as for jobs in the prep room. Don’t forget it is chemical resistant as well so it can be used to protect your benchtops from chemistry experiment spills and thrills. Next time you see Scientrific at a conference then ask to have a look at a sample.
The Nalgene Super Versi-Dry Surface Protector sample was supplied free of charge on the understanding that it would be honestly reviewed on this site without influencing the outcome of the review.
This entry was posted on September 24. 2013 by Miss Vivi