Culture Collections

Blood, sweat and sequencing – NCTC in 2017

A collaborative study by researchers in Thailand and the UK identified a novel antibacterial peptide derived from Crocodylus siamensis haemoglobin that causes bacterial death. This finding was revealed in one of the 175 publications we reviewed, published on line between 1st January and 31st December 2017 that cite the use of NCTC strains and/or data. 

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Breaking the mould (and the yeasts) in biomedical research

Candida and Aspergillus are the most prevalent fungal infections in hospitals but other species cannot be neglected. A research group in Spain have described a PCR-assay to help obtain a more rapid and accurate identification of Saprochaete capitate. Seven NCPF strains were included as controls including NCPF 7367, Aspergillus fumigatus.

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Fundamentals of Cell Culture Training Course

The Fundamentals of Cell Culture: Key Principles and Practice is a four day training course that aims to deliver a balance of theory, essential techniques and best practices covering the entire cell culture workflow. It is held at the ECACC laboratories in Salisbury, in the south west of the United Kingdom. Limited spaces are still available for our March course.

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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 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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