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Establishing Standards for Scientific Research

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ATCC develops standards for the biomaterials community

ATCC develops national consensus standards for biomaterials and related processes. In 2007, ATCC became the first biological resource organization to become accredited by American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a Standards Development Organization (SDO). ANSI accreditation ensures that procedures used by standards developers meet the requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process and that the voluntary consensus standards produced are compatible with the requirements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

These ATCC standards are available from ANSI

We can help with confirming your cell identity and viability

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Cell Authentication

ATCC offers scientists stand-alone and customized cell authentication services to confirm the identity and purity of their research cultures. Services include human and mouse cell STR profiling and sterility, CO1, and mycoplasma testing.

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Mouse Cell STR Testing

Developed by ATCC in partnership with the National Institutes for Standards and Technology (NIST) and tested by 10 independent laboratories, ATCC’s Mouse STR profiling service offers a new global standard for mouse cell line authentication.

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Mycoplasma Testing

ATCC offers two options for testing for mycoplasma, the notoriously common bacteria that quickly infiltrate and destroy cell cultures: PCR-based mycoplasma testing or culture-based testing (Hoechst DNA staining and direct culture testing).