Culture Collections


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  • M199

    Medium 199

  • MAB

    Metropolitan Asylums Board, London, UK

  • MCB

    Master Cell Bank

  • M-CSF

    Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor

  • MEM

    Eagle's Minimum Essential Medium

  • MEM (EBSS)

    Eagle's Minimum Essential Medium with Earle's Balanced Salt Solution

  • MEM (HBSS)

    Eagle's Minimum Essential Medium with Hank's Balanced Salt Solution

  • Mg2+

    Magnesium ion

  • Microbial Contamination

    When a micro-organism (adventitious agent) is introduced to a cell culture. Includes bacteria, yeast, fungi and mycoplasma. Most contaminants will disrupt the growth or growth conditions of a culture.

  • MIGB


  • Monoclonal Antibody

    An antibody secreted by a hybridoma.

  • MRC

    Medical Research Council, Hampstead Laboratories, London, UK

  • MRE

    Microbiological Research Establishment, subsequently part of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) based at Porton Down, Salisbury, UK (see also CAMR)

  • MRL

    Mycoplasma Reference Laboratory, HPA Centre for Infections, London, UK (until 1976), Norwich, UK

  • MRU

    Mycobacterial Reference Unit, PHLS Cardiff, UK

  • MWB

    Metropolitan Water Board, London, UK

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