Culture Collections

New panel of heart disease-specific iPSCs

Current therapeutic strategies for a variety of inherited cardiac conditions are mostly symptomatic and they neither take into account phenotypic and genetic disease heterogeneity nor interindividual differences in the response to drugs. Cardiac myocytes (CMs) derived from disease-specific iPSCs represent a novel in vitro system with an unprecedented potential for generating new mechanistic insight into diseases pathophysiology and enabling enhanced assessment of drug efficacy and safety.

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NCTC 3000 project: A comprehensive resource of bacterial genomes

NCTC 3000 is a collaborative Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) project that was established in 2013 between Public Health England (PHE), the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) and Pacific Biosciences (PacBio). Search the new list of sequenced NCTC strains to find genomes that interest you.

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NCPF in research: MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry

The PHE Mycology Reference Laboratory (MRL) has undertaken a number of recent studies relating to fungi that cause black grain mycetoma. Black grain eumycetoma is a chronic fungal infection which is endemic in some countries in the tropics and sub-tropics and many different fungal species are known to cause eumycetoma including Madurella species, Falciformispora species and Trematosphaeria grisea.

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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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