Well, good news so far.
I will be conducting several tests this week if all goes according to plan.
The next three to four weeks are critical to this specimen.
I will be sending sample for LOI probably Tues.
I got so busy last week, I couldn't swing it yet.
TOC total organic content, at the same time.
I should be seeing Bio Chemist Professor at Chatt State this week.
Several very minimally destructive tests, for lipids, carbohydrates, sugars, and especially, proteins.
My test tonight for carbohydrates turned out an overwhelming positive.
Several of these tests are really very simple.
Iodine turns bluish black in presence of carbohydrates.
Also, in my preliminary test, it seemed apparently positive for lipids, using a simple brown bag technique.
I am doing this again, to be more certain.
I will get tests confirmed or denied by local scientists.
I am also getting other tests for peptides, amino acids, and sugars.
Included will be Sudan 3, Benedict's and Buiret, or preferably, Bradford assay which is supposedly more informative than Lowry.
If all is well with the Geologic and biochemical tests, I'll take it back to Neurology for another look.
Presently, I'm thinking I need their involvement for determination of location of thin section.
I'm wondering if it will be absolutely necessary, if all the other tests come back as definitive as I am beginning to think they might?
Please respond on previous question, about thin slice??
I'll keep you updated.