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Testing the Hand Microtome

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Cutting a carrot with a hand microtome.

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A few days ago I ordered a microtome. Here is a video showing you the different parts: Parts of a Microtome

Now it’s time to test the device. The first sample is a carrot. It can be cut into the right shape to fit into the specimen holder of the microtome and it is sufficiently solid to allow for easy cutting, but not too hard. Carrots can also be used to hold other specimens. In this case the “carrot cylinder” is cut in half and the specimen can be inserted between the carrot halves. The carrot acts as a support.

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