A toxic, fluorescing dye that stains DNA and RNA and is typically used to identify cancerous tumor cells. When it binds to double-stranded DNA, it fluoresces green; when it binds with the phosphate groups of single-stranded DNA or RNA, it fluoresces orange. The chemical also causes frameshift mutations.
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