On the origin of tissue slices

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 08 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3034
  1. Henricus AM Mutsaers, postdoctoral researcher
  1. Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, University of Groningen, 9713 AV Groningen, the Netherlands
  1. h.a.m.mutsaers{at}

My phone vibrates noisily on the table in front of me, interrupting the PhD student presenting her latest experimental data. My colleagues look at me expectantly.


“Absolutely. Which theatre?”

“Great, thanks for calling.”

The call ends and I declare to nobody in particular: “Liver in theatre 21, I’ll go and pick …

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