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RE: archivalness of gum

> > [...] I wonder if use of formaldehyde for hardening gelatin 
> gives the 
> > benefit of preserving it from bugs...
> No.

Huh!? So this is also a myth? 

Ok, mybe in a less technical sense, does hardening reduce or minimize the
problem with bugs? I have always thought (though I have no scientific proof
and didn't check) that the hardened gelatin would capture less water from
the atmosphere and so would preserve better... sort of like a jello would
certainly spoil faster than the dry gelatin powder. Is this not true?