What is the point of staining specimens when using microscopes?

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Is it to enable colour?
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Depend which microscope. Light one does not require them, but it does increase contrast and man visible certain organelles that are transparent, while electron transmission needs it, since electron don't have light themselves and you wouldn't be able to see anything at all
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pretty sure it's just so you can see the cellular structures better, like the nucleus
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Required for electron microscopes. The waves/beam of electrons are absorbed by the stained areas, allowing you to see cellular structures.
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(Original post by dariopussolo)
Depend which microscope. Light one does not require them, but it does increase contrast and man visible certain organelles that are transparent, while electron transmission needs it, since electron don't have light themselves and you wouldn't be able to see anything at all
Some light microscopes do require stains, such as Endospore and Gram stains.
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but it doesn't let you see the actual colour of the organelle right?
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Some light microscopes do require stains, such as Endospore and Gram stains.
I am not trying to be Rude, but the Microscope itself,does not require stain for function, what are you talking is technique and if I am not wrong, the Gram stain is used to distinguish and determine bacteria, but you should still be able to see the bacteria even without, due to the cell wall being thick.
I honestly don't know about the other ond
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but it doesn't let you see the actual colour of the organelle right?
no, it lets you see the nucleus or cell walls (depends which stain you use)
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