Definition of American Type Culture Collection (ATCC)
American Type Culture Collection (ATCC): 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.Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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