Vital dyes

Patrick Phillips phil at
Fri May 5 08:58:17 EST 1995

Does anyone know of any vital dyes that can be used to stain C. elegans?
I'm looking for something that will be visible in normal light under a
dissecting microscope.  I know that there are many florescent dyes that
can be used, but I'd like to be able to look at many worms at once
rather than being forced to use a florescent microscope.  A dye that
didn't hurt the worms would be best.

Patrick Phillips
Biology Department
University of Texas at Arlington
patrick at

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