Precisionary Announcement: Retirement of Compresstome Vibrating Microtome Models VF-200-0Z, VF-300-0Z, and VF-700-0Z

Hello everyone! We at Precisionary Instruments have an important announcement to make: Starting on January 1, 2022, we will discontinue the legacy Compresstome® model line. This line includes the following models: VF-200-0Z VF-300-0Z VF-700-0Z Instead, please take a look at our newer models: the Compresstome® VF-500-0Z and VF-310-0Z.   Please note that we will still [...]

Music Therapy, the Harp, and the Brain

“Music is the medicine of the mind” -- John A. Logan   Think of a time when you listened to music and it influenced the way you felt and your emotions. Did you feel uplifted and calm or more alert and energetic? For hundreds of years, music has had the ability to impact our emotional [...]

Neuroscience in Ancient History

This week, let’s have some fun exploring neuroscience in ancient history. In fact, we’re going to go back all the way to ancient Egypt. Because early civilizations did not have appropriate methods to study the human brain, many of their initial assumptions about how the human brain and body functioned were inaccurate...but what they did [...]

Learn the Basics About Antigen Retrieval!

Antigen retrieval At Precisionary Instruments, because so many of our tissue slicer users handle fixed tissue, we often get asked about antigen retrieval. Today, we’d like to cover this as a short explanatory topic! What is antigen retrieval and why is it important? Have you ever worked with fixed tissue? If you process tissue slices [...]

When to use a Compresstome vs. Cryostat

With all sorts of tissue slicer models on the market, how do you know when to use what type of instrument? In this article, we will review the most common types of tissue slicers, and discuss the best research and clinical applications of each type of equipment. Main Types of Tissue Slicers: A tissue slicer [...]

New MAGNETIC Blade Holder for Compresstome vibrating microtomes!

We would like to announce a new accessory addition to the Compresstome vibrating microtome! Each Compresstome uses a blade holder. Our usual blade holder requires gluing a stainless steel blade to the surface, and then the blade holder is attached to the vibrating head for tissue slicing. Based on customer feedback, we have designed a NEW [...]

COVID-19 and the Nervous System

While coronaviruses are common causes of mild to moderate upper respiratory tract illnesses, the new coronavirus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to several lung damage and viral pneumonia. In the early months of the pandemic, doctors struggled to keep patients breathing, focusing mainly on treating damage to the lung and circulatory systems. [...]

Traveling through History: Five Forgotten Pioneer Women of Neuroscience

This week, we want to pay tribute to 5 amazing female neuroscientists in history: Maria Manasseina Laura Forster Manuela Serra Augusta Dejerine-Klumpke Cecile Vogt Despite social and cultural obstacles, these women managed to enter the academic world, and worked to find their place and make an impact in neuroscience history. These are women who were [...]

Introducing our NEW rotary microtomes!

We at Precisionary Instruments have been making tissue slicers for over 15 years. Now, we are launching a brand new product line: ROTARY MICROTOMES! What are rotary microtomes? A microtome makes tissue sections by making cuts that move vertically downward against a knife. A “rotary” microtome uses a rotational handwheel to control the cutting movement. [...]

The hormone that turns mothers into moms

This weekend is Mother’s Day, and we want to feature a fun article about the “love hormone” that turns on maternal instincts. What makes our mothers into moms? What is the biology behind a mother’s drive to respond to a child? A few years ago, a group of scientists at New York University (NYU) School [...]