What is the purpose of simple staining of cells?

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Jul 28, 2015

The stains draw out certain features that the student may be looking for.


Most simple stains, such as methylene blue and iodine, are used to distinguish certain features or structures in the cell that the student may be observing. This can be a great help if you are studying certain aspects of the cell, but a hindrance if you are studying the entire cell itself, as it will only draw out certain structures of the cell.