Culture Collections

The '293' cell line in action: virology research

Recently, scientists from the National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) used the 293 cell line as a host to express Human Adenovirus 5 (NCPV 0011055v) in cell culture systems.

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Did you join our webinar?

If you didn't catch our webinar 'Introduction to the National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) genomic datasets: A Staphylococcus aureus case study' you can now access the recording online.


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Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 batch release

The NCPV team is delighted to announce that SARS-CoV-2 Omicron B.1.1.529 (Pango lineage, also known as BA.1, or Nextstrain clade 21K) has been added to the catalogue.

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Why Choose Us?

UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) 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.



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The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) maintains and supplies over 6,000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.



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The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) maintains and supplies over 400 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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