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Guide to cell health assays

Understand your options when you need a cell viability, cytotoxicity, proliferation, cell cycle, or apoptosis assay.

The analysis of cell viability, cytotoxicity, cell cycle state, cell proliferation, and cell death is critical to most cell-based studies.

Understand your options, and choose the right assay to fit your experimental needs.

Cell health guide


  • Why measure cell health?

    Understanding the general health of your cells is a fundamental aspect in most cell culture experiments and some tissue analysis experiments.

  • Selecting the right methods for your needs

    It is almost always most effective to combine several different methods of assessing cell health, as no one method gives a perfect view of cell viability, proliferation, or cell death. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

  • Cell viability assays

    Metabolic, cytotoxicity, cell proliferation and cell cycle assays can all be used to measure cell viability

  • Apoptosis

    A summary of apoptosis, one of the main forms of cell death.