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Human Genetic Cell Repository

Open Tank
Liquid nitrogen storage tank holding roughly 25,000 vials of human cells

The NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository houses a collection of well-characterized, high-quality human cells for use in biomedical research. Established by NIGMS in 1972 and housed at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey, the repository now contains nearly 10,000 cell lines. The collection includes cell lines--and DNA derived from these cell lines--acquired from individuals with inherited diseases, apparently healthy individuals, and individuals of diverse geographic origins. More than 500 diseases and dozens of population groups are currently represented in the repository.

Human Genetic Cell Repository

View the Coriell Institute for Medical Research main page for the repository, including the catalog, ordering and sample submission instructions, overviews, and frequently asked questions.

Background Information

Learn about the repository through brochures and other related information.


Read about repository-related announcements and results.

Contact Us

Reach human genetic cell repository program staff at NIGMS.

Policies and Reports

Read about repository policies and repository-related meeting reports. 

This page last updated November 7, 2008