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  • IAM

    Institute of Applied Microbiology, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

  • IBMX



    International Cell Line Authentication Committee

  • ICPB

    International Collection of Phytopathogenic Bacteria, Davis, California, USA

  • IDA

    International Depository Authorities


    Iscoves Modified Dulbecco's Medium

  • IFO

    Institute for Fermentation, Osaka, Japan

  • IL


  • IMET

    Institute for Microbiology and Experimental Therapy, Jena, Germany

  • Immortalisation

    The attainment by a finite cell culture, whether by perturbation or intrinsically, of the attributes of a continuous cell line. An immortalised cell is not necessarily one, which is neoplastically or malignantly transformed.

  • IMRU

    Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

  • IMVS

    Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, Adelaide, Australia

  • In Vitro Neoplastic Transformation

    The acquisition, by cultured cells, of the property to form neoplasms, benign or malignant, when inoculated into animals.   Many transformed cell populations which arise in vitro intrinsically or through deliberate manipulation by the investigator, produce only benign tumours, that is, tumours which show no local invasion or metastasis following animal inoculation.

  • In Vitro Senescence

    In vertebrate cell culture, the property attributable to finite cell cultures, namely their inability to grow beyond a finite number of population doubling, eg MRC-5, WI38 cells. Neither invertebrate nor plant cell cultures exhibit this property.

  • In Vitro Transformation

    A heritable change, occurring in cells in culture, either intrinsically or from treatment with chemical carcinogens, oncogenic viruses, irradiation, transfection with oncogenes, etc and leading to the acquisition of altered morphological, antigenic, neoplastic, proliferative, or other properties.

  • IP

    Department of Insect Pathology, Institute of Entomology, Prague, Czechoslovakia

  • IP

    Ye L'Institut Pasteur (Centre des Yersinia), Paris, France

  • IPDH

    Institute of Poultry Diseases, Hannover, Germany

  • ISC

    Designation supplied by the International Salmonella Centre when located at the Statens Seruminstitut, Copenhagen, Denmark

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