The Special Techniques Core can provide specialized skills to support investigators with their animal projects. The core offers assistance with specialized non-routine collection of tissues and development of new tissue collection and processing techniques. The core is proficient at conducting existing tissue collection techniques as well as aiding investigators in designing, testing and performing tissue retrieval and processing methods that best suit any given experimental design. Histopathology evaluations by board certified pathologists are available for further analysis of these specialized collections.
Standard techniques include specific lymph node removal, tissue collections starting from post-natal day 1, RNA collections, and processing of tissues of various type and size. Some previous examples of techniques developed in the core include isolation of the ear cochlea and isolation of aortas with atherosclerotic plaques for histological analysis.
NIEHS Shared and Core Facilities are available to NIH researchers. Information for staff on utilizing these services can be found on the NIEHS Junction or by contacting the staff below.