Stevej:Cell counting/hemocytometer

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(New page: ==Overview== Counting cells with a hemocytometer. ==Materials== *Tube of cell suspension *Hemocytometer *Trypan Blue 0.4% ==Procedure== #Combine 20 ul cell suspension with 20ul of Tryp...)
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Counting cells with a hemocytometer.


  • Tube of cell suspension
  • Hemocytometer
  • Trypan Blue 0.4%


  1. Combine 20 ul cell suspension with 20ul of Trypan Blue. Mix.
  2. Load 10ul into each of the 2 hemocytometer "sides" using the capillary action created by the coverslip and the hemocytometer. Avoid bubbles.
  3. Count the number of cells in the gridded area of each side. (See below) White cells are live and blue cells are dead/dying.
  4. Record cell count and repeat for the other side of the hemocytometer.
  5. If the two cell counts are roughly equivalent, average the cell counts. Otherwise, recount.
  6. Mean cell count/4 * Dilution = Cells x 104/ml.
  7. Above example, Mean cell count/4 * 2 = Cells x 104/ml.



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