Maple Syrup can FIX that
Caitlin Mungall
Prince of Wales Secondary
Floor Location : J 030 D

The preservation of tissue specimens, has been practiced for hundreds of years, and a breakthrough has lead scientists to the conclusion that formalin could preserve specimens, with good overall morphology. Formalin is a compound made up of 30-40% formaldehyde, commonly used to preserve cell morphology, and genetic material, worldwide. However, the countless health hazards in all body systems, have left scientists looking for a suitable substitute. The aim of this experiment, was to identify a non-toxic preservative that could possibly replace formalin, in pathology and histopathology labs. The reasoning behind this is, the severe effects of formalin found in those who work closely with it can include; chronic rhinitis, pharyngeal congestion, tachypnea, and nodal tachycardia, as well as the fact that it is carcinogenic. This experiment was conducted through a six step process including; Fixing, Embedding, Sectioning, Staining, Imaging, and Analysis, it was determined that maple syrup is a suitable preservative of Jade Succulent plant tissue. Both honey and maple syrup were tested, at different concentrations (10%, 20%, 30%, 40%), and compared to distilled water, the negative control, and 10% neutral buffered formalin as a positive control. If multiple trials were conducted, these results could possibly be used with high clinical relevance in the scientific community.