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The Health Protection Agency Culture Collections preserve and distribute authenticated cell lines and microbial strains of known provenance for use in medical science and laboratory healthcare. The HPA Culture Collections represents a mergence of four, separate, clinically oriented culture collections:
the National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) (1920)
the European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) (1984)
the National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF) (1946)
the National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) (2001).
The HPA Culture Collections also offers many cell-related services.
The World Data Centre for Microorganisms (WDCM) provides a comprehensive directory of culture collections, databases on microbes and cell lines as well as a gateway to biodiversity, molecular biology and genome projects.
The American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) serves researchers by characterizing, preserving and distributing cell lines, bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa, as well as developing and evaluating assays and techniques for validating research resources. The ATCC also offers standard, cGMP and patent deposit services.
The Coriell Cell Repositories provide essential research reagents to the scientific community by establishing, verifying, maintaining, and distributing cell cultures and DNA derived from cell cultures. Apart from many cell lines from different individuals, their collections include a.o. Multiple Cell Lines from the Same Individual and a Longevity Collection. Coriell offers also a range of services.