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Culture Collections

American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)
ATCC is a global nonprofit bioresource center and research organization that provides biological products, technical services and educational programs to private industry, government and academic organizations.

European Collection of Cell Cultures (ECACC)
The ECACC collections currently hold over 40,000 cell lines representing 45 different species, 50 tissue types, 300 HLA types, 450 monoclonal antibodies and at least 800 genetic disorders.

German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ)
The DSMZ is one of the largest biological resource centers worldwide. Its collection is currently comprised of almost 40,000 items, including approximately 20,000 bacterial and 5,000 fungal strains, 700 human and animal cell lines, 800 plant cell lines, 1,000 plant viruses and antisera, and 4,800 different types of bacterial genomic DNA.

National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF)
At present the NCPF collection holds over 4,000 fungal strains, many examples of which are available for sale and distribution.

National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV)
NCPV preserves well-characterised, authenticated human pathogenic viruses in a secure facility, and supplies the agents or nucleic acids derived from them to the scientific community according to national and international guidelines.

National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC)
The NCTC collection comprises over 5000 bacterial cultures, over 100 mycoplasmas and more than 500 plasmids, host strains, bacteriophages and transposons.

United States Federation for Culture Collections (USFCC)
The USFCC is a society whose purpose is to further the science and practice of culture maintenance and systematic microbiology.

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