Welcome to CellBank web site Database
* Please note there is a temporary embargo on providing cell lines for research purposes until the practices and policies of the Cell Bank have been reviewed and updated.
The Canadian Repository for Mutant Human Cell Strains was established in
1971 in reponse to a need. The purpose was to establish protected
somatic cell strains from patients with Mendelian disorders. The
Repository described in this Catalogue is the 36 year old descendant of
the original initiative. It is a non-profit facility.
The present database describes holdings of skin fibroblast cultures
with well documented provenance. Information is based on the depositors'
data, requiring effort on the part of the depositor to provide this
information. Our working philosophy is simple: the information recorded
here is what investigators would wish to have when selecting cells for
withdrawal for a research project in their own laboratory. All lines are
reviewed by the curator and managers.
"Branch" catalogues/databases are a possible development.
If you have a cell collection and wish that it be known, details (nature
of collection, contact details) could be appended to this web site or
The Repository requests that the cell code number (starting with the
"WG"), be cited in publications in which the cell cultures are
used. The Repository would also appreciate receiving a reprint of each
publication that references one of its cell lines.