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Illustrated Guide to Home Biology Experiments by Barbara Barbara Fritchman Thompson Thompson, Robert Robert Bruce Thompson Thompson

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Chapter 25. Observing Specialized Eukaryotic Cells

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Forceps

  • Slides (flat) and coverslips

  • Eosin Y

  • Gram’s iodine

  • Hucker’s crystal violet

  • Methylene blue

  • Safranin O

  • Sudan III

Materials You Provide

  • Gloves

  • Elodea leaf

  • Microscope

  • Onion, raw

  • Prepared slides (see Note)

  • Water, distilled

Background

In this session, we use a variety of prepared slides. We have two goals: first, to observe the similarities and differences among different types of cells from the same or similar species. Second, to compare the same types of cells from different species ...

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