What is immunostaining?

The term “immunostaining” refers to any use of an antibody-based method to detect a specific protein in a sample.

When publications mention "immunostaining" in their materials and methods or figure legends, this term encompasses a broad range of techniques such as immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, flow cytometry, etc.

Previously, we were limited by how the authors referred to their techniques in the text: when the authors referred to an experiment as "immunostaining" we would label the resulting figure with immunostaining. This reduced the precision of the search results on BenchSci.

To make sure your results are specific we are training our image recognition machine learning technology to interpret and reclassify figures from publications and vendors that were previously labelled as "immunostaining" as the correct technique. So far we have reclassified ~484,300 immunostaining figures!