VTM(viral transport medium):
- Viral Transport Medium (VTM) allows the safe transfer of viruses, for further research, including cell culture methods, diagnostic tests, and molecular biology techniques.
- Viral transport media are available in a screw cap plastic tube containing proteins (serum, albumin or gelatin) and antibiotics.
- Antibiotics are usually incorporated into the viral transport media to suppress the growth of contaminating bacteria and fungi, so separate samples from the same site should be collected if bacterial or fungal cultures are also requested.
- VTM is available in two formats - with or without swabs.