Culture Collections

STR Profiling on FTA Cards

Cell cultures have been crucially important tools in the field of biology and medicine for many decades; however, issues regarding cell line misidentification have been known since the 1960s.The best solution to avoiding this problem for human cell lines is Short Tandem Repeat (STR) profiling. ECACC can now offer an STR profiling cell line authentication service which does not require the shipping of samples on dry ice.

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NCTC: a dynamic collection with bla bla bla…....

NCTC must endure as a dynamic collection of bacteria, accessible and significant to the biomedical scientific community. With this objective in mind we have recently added five new strains that can be used as positive controls for detecting beta-lactamase genes.

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Murray, microbes, and me

The life of Professor Everitt Murray is the focus of a recent article in the Microbiology Society’s publication Microbial Genomics. Read about Murray's career and involvement with NCTC.

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Why Choose Us?

Public Health England (PHE) is the custodian of four unique collections that consist of expertly preserved, authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance for use in medical science and laboratory healthcare.

All the collections are developed, managed and maintained by highly trained, dedicated staff who work in accordance with internationally recognised quality standards including certification to ISO 9001:2008.

Cultures from the collections are used by scientists who need to reassure themselves and others that the materials they are using are authentic, so the conclusions to their studies are valid and relevant. This is particularly important where research may lead to peer-reviewed publications, for example, in drug discovery and vaccine efficacy studies. Authenticated reference strains are also of paramount importance for clinical diagnostic testing, food, water and environmental microbiology testing and validation studies.

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Cell lines

The European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC) maintains and supplies over 40,000 cell lines and their derivatives such as DNA, RNA and cDNA.



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The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) maintains and supplies over 5,000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.



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The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) maintains and supplies over 700 viruses and viral nucleic acid.



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The National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF) maintains and supplies over 4000 fungal strains.


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