LATIN SCIENCE WORDS USED TO DESCRIBE EXPERIMENTS
Including examples that I've actually done in real life
- •in vivoMeaning "in life," experiments done in a living system. For example, giving Zebrafish treatments to regulate their development.
- •in vitroMeaning "in glass," experiments done without using a living system. For example, cloning a gene from isolated DNA using the polymerase chain reaction.
- •ex vivoMeaning "out of the living," experiments where tissue is removed from an organism and studied, usually kept alive. For example, removing the heart of a mouse and keeping it alive on a Langendorf reperfusion apparatus.
- •in situMeaning "in position," experiments that aren't quite in vivo, but aren't quite in vitro either. For example, photographing plants in the wild for identification.
- •in silicoMeaning "in silicon," experiments done by computer simulation. For example, building a model of disease spread and discovering the best way to vaccinate a population against it.
- •I would always be confused by all these terms, so here's a list of them to keep things straight!