Ames TestAmes test
a laboratory test for the carcinogenic potential of a substance, in which bacteria are exposed to the substance to determine whether it will cause mutations
Origin of Ames Testafter B. Ames (b. 1928), United States biochemist who developed it
A test used to determine the mutagenic potential of a substance, in which salmonella bacteria that are unable to synthesize histidine are introduced into the substance, and the substance is deemed mutagenic and carcinogenic if the bacteria regain the ability to synthesize histidine.
Origin of Ames testAfter Bruce Ames (born 1928), American biochemist