Culture Collections

NCTC Bacterial DNA

NCTC holds nearly 5100 type and reference bacterial strains.  DNA from 150 Hazard Group 2 and 3 strains from the NCTC collection have been selected and are now available via the online catalogue. 

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The Role of Proteomics in NCTC

Proteomics studies proteins in protein complexes, organelles or organisms and represents a challenging and complex discipline of biology. NCTC is fortunate to have two proteomics scientists dedicated to applying proteomic technologies to NCTC strains.

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Advanced Cell Culture: A Practical Approach

ECACC is excited to host this one day workshop exploring physiologically relevant cell culture systems and their use to improve research outcomes. Register now to secure your place.

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Why Choose Us?

Public Health England (PHE) 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 9001:2008.

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 5,000 bacteria and mycoplasma strains.



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The National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses (NCPV) maintains and supplies over 700 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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