in vitro methods
The term in vitro ("in the glass") refers to the technique of performing a given experiment in a test tube, or, generally, in a controlled environment outside a living organism. In IHCP, in vitro methods are based on the use of cells or tissues which are cultured under controlled conditions in flasks and plates. Cells/tissues are exposed to chemicals and their toxic effect is measured. Increasingly, human cells are used since they better predict possible effects on humans.
Source: IHCP, In Vitro Methods Unit
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