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  • AA

    Amino Acids

  • ACDP

    Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

  • ACTH

    Adrenocorticotropic hormone

  • Adventitious Agents

    Those which contaminate cell cultures eg viruses, bacteria.

  • AHL

    Animal Health Laboratory, South Perth, Australia

  • AHT

    Animal Health Trust, Houghton, UK

  • AL

    Approved Lists of Bacterial Names (Int.J.syst.Bact. 30, 225-420, 1980 and 32, 146-149, 1982)

  • AMC

    Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

  • AMNH

    American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA

  • AMRC

    Institute of Medical Microbiology, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

  • Anchorage-Dependant Cells

    Cells which will grow, survive or maintain function only when attached to an inert surface (eg, glass or plastic).

  • Aneuploid

    The situation which exists when the nucleus of a cell does not contain an exact multiple of the haploid number of chromosomes; one or more chromosomes being present in greater or lesser number than the rest. The chromosomes may or may not show rearrangements.

  • API

    Appareils et Procedes d'Identification, La Balme-les-Grottes, France

  • ARC

    Agricultural Research Council, Compton, Nr Newbury, Berkshire, UK

  • Aseptic Technique

    Procedures used to prevent the introduction of fungi, bacteria, viruses, mycoplasma or other micro-organisms into cell, tissue and organ cultures. Although these procedures are used to prevent microbial contamination of cultures, they also prevent cross contamination of cell cultures as well. These procedures may or may not exclude the introduction of infectious molecules.

  • ATCC

    American Type Culture Collection, 10801 University Boulevard, Manassas, VA, 20110-2209, USA

  • Attached Cells

    Cells which will grow, survive or maintain function only when attached to an inert surface (eg, glass or plastic).

  • Authentication

    Confirming by experimental means the origins and identity of a cell line.

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