Culture Collections

COVID-19 update: 08 July 2020

Culture Collections continues to support Public Health England (PHE) in the delivery of essential services central to the COVID-19 response. Dispatch of orders and provision of all services remains suspended at this time; however, we are working hard to direct customers to products where possible.

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New accessions coming soon to ECACC

Coming soon to the ECACC General Collection are 47 new ‘paired’ normal and transformed breast, ovarian, and fallopian tube cell lines from human ovary, breast and fallopian tube tissue samples. These cell lines offer paired cell lines from a ‘normal’ and ‘engineered’ diseased state (transformed and tumorigenic). 

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'AuthentiCell' brand coming soon...

“AuthentiCell” is a new family of services from the European Collection of Authenticated Cell Cultures (ECACC), providing customers with accurate and reliable human cell line authentication. 

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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 9001:2015.

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 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 5,000 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 Fungi (NCPF) maintains and supplies over 4000 fungal strains.

 

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