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Task B: How to make a slide (animal cells)

Handout 1.14
Handout 1.14

You will need:

Microscope slide Cover slip Cotton bud from a newly opened packet Disinfectant such as freshly prepared 1% sodium chlorate(I) (hypochlorite)

solution Stain (1% methylene blue in water). Note: Methylene blue will stain if it comes into contact with the skin.

Small piece of ripped paper towel

What to do

Task B: How to make a slide (animal cells) Handout 1.14 You will need: Microscope slide
Task B: How to make a slide (animal cells) Handout 1.14 You will need: Microscope slide
Task B: How to make a slide (animal cells) Handout 1.14 You will need: Microscope slide
  • 1 Take a new cotton bud and smear it on the inside of a cheek and along the lower side of the gum. Smear this on the middle of the microscope slide. Throw the cotton bud into disinfectant straight afterwards.

  • 2 Place a drop of methylene blue solution on the slide.

  • 3 Place the edge of a cover slip next to the liquid.

  • 4 Slowly lower the cover slip onto the cheek cells and liquid. Use a mounted needle to make this easier.

  • 5 Place the ripped edge of a paper towel next to the cover slip so that it draws out any excess stain and any trapped air.

  • 6 When you have finished looking at the cells, remember to place the slide and cover slip in disinfectant solution.