ISPE Glossary of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Terminology

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Ultraviolet Light; Ultraviolet Radiation (UV)

The portion of the electromagnetic spectrum with wavelengths from about 100 to 400 nm; between ionizing radiation (X-rays) and visible light. UV is absorbed by DNA and is highly mutagenic to unicellular organisms and to the epidermal cells of multicellular organisms. UV light is used in tissue culture for its mutagenic and bactericidal properties.

Publication Source: Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Publication Date: 1999

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