Alternatives to Ethidium Bromide

G.W.Phillips gwp1 at
Tue Oct 24 12:34:27 EST 1995

we are currently seeking a n alternative method for visualizing DNA in agarose
gels. Can anyone suggest a cheap and safe alternative to ethidium bromide.
gels. Can anyone suggest an alternative to ethidium bromide which is not toxic
and reasonably inexpensive.

Molecular probes make dyes called TOTO, POPO, YOYO, and BoBO, but these are
out of our price range.
Alternatively does anyone have a good protocol for staining gels with
amido black or by silver staining.

I would be grateful for any help anyone could give me on this


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