A new immunocytochemical method using β-galactosidase as a tracer is described. The positive staining appears blue on an unstained background. The present method has the high sensitivity and specificity of the immunoperoxidase method and appears to be a practical alternative. The substrate has no carcinogenic activity. Staining is permanent and the sections can be dehydrated and mounted in synthetic media. Enzyme and substrate solutions are stable for several months.
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