Cell Culture

Fundamental Techniques in Cell Culture Laboratory Handbook – Glossary

ACDP Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
BSA Bovine Serum albumin
BSE Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
BVDV Bovine viral diarrhoea virus
FBS Fetal bovine serum
EC European Community
ECACC European Collection of Cell Cultures
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FCS Fetal Calf Serum
HEPA High Efficiency Particulate Air
MCB Master Cell Bank
NAMAS National Accreditation of Measurement and Sampling
NCTC National Collection of Type Cultures
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
WCB Working Cell Banks


Chemical Symbols
Ca2+ calcium ion
CO2 carbon dioxide
DMSO dimethyl sulphoxide
Mg2+ magnesium ion
O2 oxygen
PBS phosphate buffered saline
TGM Thioglycollate medium


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We and ECACC would like to thank Dr. Alison Stacey, Cambridge, UK and Labcaire, Clevedon, UK for their help in compiling this laboratory handbook.