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American Type Culture Collection

ATCC is a global nonprofit bioresource center that provides biological products, technical services, and educational programs to private industry, government, and academic organizations around the world. Our mission is to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, and distribute biological materials, information, technology, intellectual property, and standards for the advancement, validation, and application of scientific knowledge.

The University of Michigan Human Breast Cancer Cell Lines

Stephen P. Ethier, Ph.D Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Michigan Medical School, and Breast Oncology Program, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0984.
In 1995 The University of Michigan Breast Cell/Tissue Bank and Data Base came into existence as a result of an infrastructure grant awarded to the U of M by the Department of Defense. This resource had been developed internally over the previous six years as a result of the Principal Investigators interest in breast cancer biology and because of the need to carry out breast cancer biology studies using freshly isolated human breast cancer cells. The need for new human breast cancer cell lines that can be cultured under defined conditions in vitro also contributed to the motivation to develop this resource.

Coriell Cell Repositories

The CORIELL CELL REPOSITORIES provide essential research reagents to the scientific community by establishing, verifying, maintaining, and distributing cells cultures and DNA derived from cell cultures.

Central Research Infrastructure for molecular Pathology

CRIP provides anonymized data on and from human biospecimen available for basic, preclinical and clinical research projects in its database partners’ institutes. Web-based query requires prior user’s registration and is for free for researchers both from academia and industry. CRIP covers data from all disease areas for R&D in molecular and clinical medicine.

German biobank registry"  info

German biobank registry. As the first level of the German Biobanks Registry a registry with the names, addresses of the contact persons, web links and basic information of the biobanks was installed.

German Collection of Cell Cultures

The DSMZ-Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbH (German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures) is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the acquisition, characterization, preservation and distribution of bacteria, cell lines, fungi, phages, plasmids, plant cell cultures, plant viruses and yeasts. Established in 1969 in Göttingen the DSM originally belonged to the Gesellschaft für Strahlenforschung (GSF, München), but was later moved to Braunschweig to become a department within the Gesellschaft für Biotechnologische Forschung (GBF). In 1987 the DSM was reorganized as an independent institute in the form of a GmbH (Ltd.) that is owned by the State of Lower Saxony. In 1996, after becoming an "Institut der blauen Liste" (now designated "Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz"), the abbreviation of the name of the institute was changed to DSMZ, thus acknowledging the growing importance of the cell culture department.

European Collection of Cell Cultures

The European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC), established in 1984, is a provider of high quality cell cultures and associated services to industry and the academic research community.
ECACC is a strategic business unit within the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research (CAMR), a centre of excellence employing more than 300 scientists and internationally renowned for its work on infectious diseases: their diagnosis, transmission, pathology, prevention and cure. In more recent years CAMR has enhanced its reputation for vaccine development and pilot scale manufacturing development and is increasingly active in the areas of biopharmaceuticals and biosafety. Consequently, ECACC's business is supported by a unique depth and diversity of scientific expertise.

European Searchable Tumour Line Database (ESTDAB) Database and Cell Bank"  info

The European Searchable Tumour line Database (ESTDAB) ( is a freely available and fully searchable database of melanoma-derived cell lines, which have been characterised for over 250 immunologically relevant markers by a consortium of European scientists. The database is linked to a cell bank, which can provide melanoma cell lines to non-profit investigators for a nominal handling charge.


Gene trapping is a high-throughput approach that is used to introduce insertional mutations across the genome in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells. In addition to generating standard loss-of-function alleles, newer gene trap vectors offer a variety of post-insertional modification strategies for the generation of other experimental alleles. The International Gene Trap Consortium (IGTC) represents all publicly available gene trap cell lines, which are available on a non-collaborative basis for nominal handling fees. Researchers can search and browse the IGTC database for cell lines of interest using accession numbers or IDs, keywords, sequence data, tissue expression profiles and biological pathways.

European Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry"  info

The European Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry (hESCreg) is funded as a Specific Support Action under the ‘Life Sciences, Genomics, and Biotechnology for Human Health’ Priority within the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Commission. hESCreg was created to offer the research community, legislators, regulators and the general public at large an in-depth overview on the current status of hESC research in Europe. Its present content is the result of a survey by the project team, its partners and the input from numerous hESC line providers. The database has now entered its first public evaluation stage and will be continually developed. This database of some 650 hESC lines that have been derived in Europe and beyond (as of August 2009) is freely accessible. Providers of hESC lines and researchers who work with these cell lines are invited to register - also free of charge - and provide detailed characteristics on their cell lines or information on their research.

Cell Line Database

contains detailed information on 4.850 human and animal cell lines that are available in many Italian laboratories and in some of the most important European cell banks and cell culture collections.

Interlab Cell Line Collection

The Interlab Cell Line Collection (ICLC) of the National Institute for cancer Research of Genoa was set up in 1994 and offers a service of storage, quality control and distribution of certified human and animal cell lines.

Prokaryotic Growth Temperature Database"  info

Included in PGTdb (Prokaryotic Growth Temperature database) are a total of 1334 temperatures, from 1072 prokaryotic organisms, Bacteria and Archaea. PGTdb integrates microorganisms' growth temperature data from literature survey with their nucleotide/protein sequence, protein family and structure data from related databases.


Tubafrost is the central European database collecting the information of frozen tumor tissue specimens.