Posts Tagged ‘dyes’

A History of Dyes, from Ancient Egypt to Cancer Treatment

by Adam Pursell, Hon Secretary of SDC’s North of England region.

The Mike Crabtree Memorial Lecture was a big success again this year, building on everyone’s enjoyment of last year.

The evening started off with a hot buffet which was enjoyed by everyone in attendance, over 50 people sharing a meal over stories and experiences. A broad spectrum of people had gathered to listen to Dr Christine Holdstock’s fascinating talk on “a history of dyes, from ancient Egypt to cancer treatment”. After the meal, formalities had to be undertaken, and it was time to present a couple of awards. North of England Chair Dr Muriel Rigout took the floor and introduced SDC Past President Trevor Larkins.

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Do old dyes simply fade away? Or do they just move into the histopathology lab?

With thanks to SDC member Richard W Horobin, School of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, for writing this blog.

Old dyes? Just look in the Colour IndexTM and you may be surprised by how many dyes were first synthesised and manufactured in the nineteenth century. And, maybe, surprised again by realising how many of these dyes were never been manufactured on any significant scale, or were soon superseded by superior products, or were for various reasons abandoned as industrial colorants.

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