Mounting media are essential when long term storage of slides is required (for instance when the slides are to be stored for future reference purposes). They enable permanent adherence of the coverslip to the slide, thereby protecting the tissue specimen from damage while simultaneously adding contrast during microscopy.
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Mounting media can be further subcategorized into solidifying media or those that stay liquid (Microbehunter.com no date). In general, organic-solvent based media solidify while water-based ones remain liquid.
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