How can bacteria be seen with a microscope?

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How can bacteria be seen with a microscope?
« on: 15/06/2011 12:11:40 »
How can I observe bacteria with a school microscope?

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How can bacteria be seen with a microscope?
« Reply #1 on: 15/06/2011 12:11:40 »
The best way to see them using a microscope is by staining them.  You can buy some specific stains that will make the bacteria appear as pink or purple rods or Cocci, depending on what bacterium it is, and then it is very easy to see them through a normal light microscope.
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