Culture Collections

Leukaemia Research - cell line authentication

A commentary published in the August 2014 edition of the journal Leukaemia Research urges scientists to check the authenticity of their cell culture stocks (including cross reference to a published list of misidentified cell lines) to ensure their results are clinically relevant.  The authors, including PHE’s Culture Collections cell culture experts Dr Ed Burnett and Jim Cooper, examine a recent study that has used the cell line WSU-CLL inappropriately as a model to test therapeutic agents for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.

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Fast-track cell culture training

Busy researchers who use cells in their work now have an alternative to ECACC’s comprehensive Fundamentals of Cell Culture Course.  With its focus on ensuring scientific reproducibility through standardised cell culture, it is delivered at CATIM’s facility in Bristol through a mix of lectures and practical sessions.  It is primarily aimed at academics who may not have the time or budget for the four-day course.

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SMI Test Procedures poster

Clinical testing laboratories can now request a poster showing images of the expected reactions for each of the Standards for Microbiology Investigations Test Procedures (TPs) using NCTC cultures.  Download it instantly or request printed copies via an online form.

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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.





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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