Culture Collections

Forensic identity testing for cell cultures

We reviewed the European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) human cell line STR profiling service we provide to help reassure researchers that the cell lines they are using are exactly what they think they are; our streamlined methods mean that we can now offer the service at a reduced price.

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NCTC control strain set

Culture Collections now provide a cost effective means for clinical microbiology laboratories to update their stock cultures of the 17 NCTC bacterial strains needed for the tests described in the most recent versions of the UK Standards for Microbiological Investigations (SMIs) Test Procedures (TPs).

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New ECACC brochure

Researchers can now read about the products and services of the European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) in one publication.  The ECACC brochure explains how researchers can protect the validity of their work by ensuring they are working with authenticated cell lines. Culture Collections staff can assist when selecting, authenticating and depositing cell lines within the different collections or accessing the services on offer.

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

 

NCTC

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Bacteria

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

 

NCPV

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Viruses

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

 

NCPF

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Fungi

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

 

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