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Ames test --- automation
The following is the automation protocol developed by Xenometrix.

1. Grow Salmonella tester strains in broth at 37 C overnight with shaking.

2. Prepare test chemical by incubating in rat liver S9 extract.

3. Test chemical is added to the Salmonella culture at different concentrations in a 24-well plate.

4. Incubate at 37 C for 90 minutes without shaking.

5. Add Salmonella Reversion Indicator Medium (bromocresol purple in Vogel Bonner medium supplemented with amino acids) to each well. Bromocresol purple is a pH-sensitive dye, which turns color from purple to yellow as wells containing growing (revertant) Ames II colonies reach a pH of 5.2 and lower.

6. Transfer cells in the 24-well plates to the 384-well plates. Incubate at 37 C for 2 days.

7. Score for positive (yellow) wells with a plate reader at 492 nm.