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Definition of ATCC (American Type Culture Collection)

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

ATCC (American Type Culture Collection): Although little known to the general public, the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) is a key resource for medical research. It is the world's premier biological culture repository. The ATCC assures medical and other biological scientists a reliable source of over 60,000 authenticated, viable cultures of:

  • Algae & Protozoa
  • Bacteria & Bacteriophages
  • Cultured Cell Lines & Hybridomas
  • Fungi & Yeasts
  • Recombinant DNA Materials
  • Viruses & Virus Antisera
  • Plant Tissue Cultures
  • Culture Derived Products
  • Products for Culture Work.
The ATCC does research to improve the propagation, preservation, classification, and characterization of cultures and to develop new and enhanced culture products through in-house efforts and collaborative alliances. Established in 1925, the ATCC is now headquartered in Manassas, Virginia.

Reviewed on 12/4/2018

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