Stains and reagents for microscopy
Found in: Labwork, Recommended reading


The article divides the stains into three categories:

  • Common household chemicals: this includes Iodine, for example. They are very readily available.
  • Substances used mostly for microscopy: Methylene blue, Hematoxyline, and Eosine belong to this group.
  • Commercial substances: they are sold by companies specializing in microscopic chemicals.

The article also provides a step-by-step guide on how to stain a blood sample (don’t do this in schools due to danger of infection).

Link to the article: Help Your Microscope with Stains and Reagents (Popular Science, March 1937)


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