Select key terms are defined below. For a complete list of glossary terms please refer to the book.
Cell culture - the in vitro growth and manipulation of cells under controlled conditions outside of their natural in vivo environment.
Tissue culture - the growth and manipulation of either tissues or cells under controlled conditions outside of their normal environment.
L strain - a strain of cells derived from subcutaneous areolar and adipose tissue of a 100-day-old male C3H/An mouse and one of the most widely studied cell isolates in the late 1940s.
Hela cells - A cervical carcinoma cell line taken from Henrietta Lacks without her consent.
Eagle's minimal essential medium (EMEM) - a media formulation containing the minimum essential components for cellular propagation and inhibition of senescence.
HAT medium - a medium developed by J.W. Littlefield that allowed for the clonal selection of hybrid cell lines.