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We provide Services to all researchers inside and outside of the university.

Researchers from Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Rush University Medical Center are charged the same internal rates as all UIC users. All other users can access services but at an external academic or external non-academic rate.

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Life Science TEM Specimen Preparation is a time-consuming procedure. We are able to process up to six pieces of six samples at the same time until we get to the microtomy stage. This results in a significant price break compared to processing each specimen individually. All life science specimens need to be processed to remove the water from the specimen and replace it with a plastic resin without introducing artifacts. Typically, for TEM, this is a multistage process involving: Primary Fixation – to halt degradation of tissue (e.g., 4% glutaraldehyde in phosphate buffer for at least 4 hours). Rate of penetration is slow, and sample must be less than 1mm thick in one dimension to achieve good fixation. Please talk to us for the correct fixative if you want immuno-EM.

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