Most of us visit the SIVB website for the latest In Vitro Report, updates on the annual meeting and member news. Often overlooked are some gems of information that new and even established members of the society will find interesting. 

First we have the work of the historical section on the history of the TCA/SIVB. Did you ever wonder when and how the society came into existence? Who were the first officers and what were the original goals of the society? An excellent short article written by Leonard J. Schiff in 1997 provides a fascinating review of the people and goals which lead to the formation of the Tissue Culture Society in 1949. The foundation was laid by the National Research Council which established the Tissue Culture Commission in 1948. The newly emerging science of cell culture needed direction and coordination among the growth number of practitioners so that efforts were not duplicated and some semblance of order brought to the field. There was a great need for standardization and training which the senior scientists in the field recognized. Who was the first president-Keith Porter (Rockefeller Institute)? Len goes on to detail many of the achievements of the society into the 1960s. Details on the growth of the TCA and name change to the SIVB are included. Why did we change the name?

For the plant biotechnology and invertebrate culture members, a second article provides the history of the evolution of the SIVB to its current form. Both links give the reader a short but interesting view of the SIVB’s evolution over 70 plus years. 

Preparing a manuscript and wondering what the right terms to use would be? The work of Warren Schaeffer and his terminology committee provides the answer. This authoritative guide was developed in 1990 and has been used ever since. It was designed to address the need for standardization in the in vitro literature. Given the time frame of its development, it focuses more on animal cell culture. The time has probably come for its enlargement to address the plant tissue culture terminology by a new SIVB terminology committee. 

John Harbell 

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