AMes test

Steve Konings skonings at
Thu Jan 19 15:27:35 EST 1995

William B. Melchior, Jr. (wmelchior at wrote:
: In article <noesis.7.0156607F at>, noesis at (Noesis Vision Inc) asks:
: >
: >Does anyone know what the Ames test is used for?  This is a test used in the 
: >analysis of Petri dishes but I need to know if this test is used widely by 
: >researchers looking at Petri dishes.

: Is this different from the Ames Assay for genotoxic compounds?  The latter measures
: mutation rate in Salmonella typhimurium after treatment with the compound of interest.
: It is performed in dishes.

Not sure how the test is/was performed, but it looks at mutation rates,
figuring the mutation is associated with cancer.  Hence, if a compound
causes mutations, it is likely to cause cancer.

Steve Konings, MS
Blood Research Lab
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