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What is cell viability assay?

Posted May 18, 2020


A cell viability assay is an assay that is created to determine the ability of cells to maintain or recover a state of survival. The parameters which define cell viability can be diverse, ranging from the integrity of cell membranes (e.g. Nuclear DCS1 DNA dyes) or the activity of intracellular enzymes (e.g. Calcein AM) to the membrane potential of mitochondria (e.g. JC-1) or the redox potential of a cell population (e.g. Resazurin).

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Cell Viability Assays

Halim AB Do We have a Satisfactory Cell Viability Assay? Review of the Currently Commercially-Available Assays. Curr Drug Discov Technol. 2020;17(1):2-22. doi: 10.2174/1570163815666180925095433.

Nuclear Blue™ DCS1 *5 mM DMSO Solution*