Culture Collections

New NCTC brochure

You can now learn about the authenticated bacterial strains and services provided by the National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) in a new brochure. The brochure helps microbiologists and quality control scientists understand the range of bacterial strains available, their application and the benefits of depositing their own bacterial isolates with NCTC. You can also read about the NCTC 3000 Project and the value of NCTC's historical strains.

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Choosing the right cell line for your research

Professor Valerie Speirs of the University of Leeds presented a webinar on 25 June focusing on best practice in selecting and maintaining cell lines for research, to ensure research outputs are relevant and reproducible.  Using breast cancer as an example, Valerie discussed more specifically how to choose the most relevant cell line model to address a particular research question.


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10 years supporting cell culture science in Japan

The European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC) is pleased to commemorate 10 years of successful collaboration with DS Pharma Biomedical Co., Ltd. (DS Pharma) a subsidiary of Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma in Japan.  Our first contract was endorsed in March 2005 and since then DS Pharma have proved many times that their objectives match our own as they distribute ECACC cell lines, associated products and provide authoritative advice to laboratories throughout Japan. We look forward to another 10 years of working together.

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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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