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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 29. Investigating Protista

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

  • Coverslips

  • Magnifier

  • Methylcellulose

  • Pipettes

  • Slides, flat

  • Slide, deep well

  • Stain: eosin Y

  • Stain: Gram’s iodine

  • Stain: methylene blue

Materials You Provide

  • Gloves

  • Microscope

  • Slides, prepared (see text)

  • Specimens, live (see text)

Background

In this lab session, we’ll examine live specimens and prepared slides of a representative assortment of protista, focusing on the four species listed in Figure 29-1. We chose these four species because they illustrate a wide range of protist characteristics, and ...

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