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ECACC's AuthentiCell service offers cell line authentication for both human and animal cell lines.



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. 


Why is cell line authentication important?


Testing kit

The AuthentiCell testing kit is a quick, low cost and easy-to-use identity test for human cell lines. No need to extract DNA just pipette cells directly onto the FTA card provided and mail to our testing centre - no dry ice needed. The test itself includes the use of short tandem repeat (STR) loci as 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. 



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What is STR profiling?

Human cell lines - how to order

Animal speciation - how to order 





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


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