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A Life-or-Death Situation: Determining Cell Viability

Learn how to match cell viability assays with downstream applications.


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Determining the number of cells that survive a manipulation is an essential step in most drug discovery and toxicology screens. Researchers can use numerous kits to obtain viable cell counts based on fluorescence, absorbance, or luminescence. While this allows scientists to select the viability assay that best fits their research needs, it makes it difficult to directly compare assay performance and sensitivity.

Download this application note from BMG Labtech to discover

  • The pros and cons of available viability assays
  • How to pair a viability assay with the right microplate to obtain optimal sensitivity
  • General tips and tricks for effective cell viability assays