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Authentication of cell lines is a fundamental part of good cell culture practice and is increasingly required in order to secure funding for research and for publication in scientific journals.


Importance of Authentication

Authentication of cell lines is crucial in scientific research for several reasons,                                                            learn why is authentication important?


Testing Kit

The AuthentiCell testing kit is a quick, low-cost, and easy-to-use identity test for human cell lines. There is no need to extract DNA; just pipette cells directly onto the FTA card provided and mail it to our testing center - no dry ice needed. The test itself includes the use of short tandem repeat (STR) loci, which are some of the most informative polymorphic markers in the human genome. For animal speciation, the AuthentiCell service offers DNA barcoding to determine the species of a cell line. This involves amplifying and sequencing mitochondrial DNA.


How to order

Human cell lines - how to order 

Animal speciation - how to order


AuthentiCell database

Access and search the Authenticell database for accurate, reliable, and rapid human cell line authentication for scientists using STR profiling.

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STR Profiling?

STR profiling is a forensic DNA analysis method that examines 16 specific short tandem repeat (STR) loci, unique to individuals, by counting the repetitions in their DNA to create a distinctive profile for identification. Learn more about STR profiling.


Nardone open letter

Nardone's letter emphasizes the urgent need for improved cell culture practices. Read about Nardone open letter.