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What are the applications of Ziehl-Neelsen staining?

Posted March 22, 2023


There are several applications of Ziehl-Neelsen staining. It is typically utilized as a staining technique to observe and identify acid-fast organisms such as Mycobacterium species. It can also be utilized as a staining technique in differentiating T. solium, and T. saginata. Another application is that the staining technique is used to differentiate between acid-fast and non-acid fast bacilli. Ziehl-Neelsen staining can also be used to identify fungal species such as Cryptosporidium.   

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Ziehl-Neelsen Stain

MycoLight™ Live Bacteria Fluorescence Imaging Kit