What Is the Purpose of Heat Fixation?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 25, 2020 8:57:28 AM ET
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Heat fixation is a technique used in organism staining that is able to kill organisms, adhere them to the slides being used, and alter them so they can take on the stains being used. Fixing is a necessary step when performing a stain on a slide, explains Ohio State professor Stephen Abedon. Heat fixation is the most commonly used type of fixing for staining and studying organisms.