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Which stain is frequently used to identify Mycobacterium


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#1 Abder-Rahman

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 02:30 AM


Which stain is frequently used to identify Mycobacterium? Why is that? Is it to do with the high amounts of lipids contained in the cell wall?

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#2 JenniferDuncan

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 03:22 PM

Acid-fast stain is used to identify Mycobacterium species. Mycobacterium contain high levels of mycolic acid in their cell walls which allows them to resist decolorization.




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