Culture Collections

South American Zika Virus strain now available for research

The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) is pleased to announce the availability of a South American Zika virus strain for the international research community.  As part of the response to the Public Health Emergency of International Concern, Culture Collections of Public Health England has collaborated with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to make an isolate of the virus, derived from the current outbreak in South America.

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The Cancer Moonshot Initiative

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is leading the US National Cancer Moonshot Initiative, as announced in Barack Obama’s final state of the union address in January 2016, to accelerate knowledge about the causes and development of cancer and help to find new therapies and cures.




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Project update for NCTC 3000 and NCPV 500

The NCTC 3000 project is a Wellcome Trust funded public engagement project awarded jointly to PHE Culture Collections and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI). This grant will produce 3000 high quality reference genomes from type and reference strains within the National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) and 500 viral reference genomes from the National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV).

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Why Choose Us?

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

Cultures from the PHE 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.


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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.





The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) maintains and supplies over 5000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.





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





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


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