‘In vitro’ (e.g. test tube) studies

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  • Language/s English
  • Target Audience Self-directed learning
  • EBM Stage 0 - Why EBM?
  • Duration <5 mins
  • Difficulty Introductory

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‘In vitro’ (meaning ‘in glass’) studies are where scientists investigate chemicals, microorganisms (e.g. bacteria) or tissue (e.g. skin cells in isolation) in test tubes or petri dishes in a lab.

For example, a researcher might want to examine the effect that a potential new medicine has on cancer cells. Putting some cancer cells together with some of the potential medicine in a test tube is a straightforward way of seeing what effect the potential medicine has on the cells.

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