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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.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2219
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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