Human Genetic Cell Repository

The NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, provides scientists around the world with resources for cell and genetic research. Established in 1972 at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, the NIGMS Repository contains more than 11,400 cell lines, primarily fibroblasts and transformed lymphoblasts, and over 5,800 DNA samples. Currently, the NIGMS HGCR catalog also contains over 40 iPSC lines. Repository samples represent a variety of disease states, chromosomal abnormalities, apparently healthy individuals and many distinct human populations.

Data on this website and information derived from the samples in the NIGMS Repository may not be used to determine the identity of any individual who provided a sample. Please direct any questions about this policy to


  • Effective March 14, 2014, a revised NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository Material Transfer Agreement (Assurance Form) for Human Cell Lines, Somatic Cell Hybrids, and DNA Samples ("MTA") will be required for all new NIGMS Repository orders for biomaterials derived from humans. For orders placed on or before March 13, 2014, either the new MTA with a December 17, 2013 revision date or the MTA with a revision date of July 9, 2012 will be accepted.

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  • Jun 2016

    Repository Team Engages Scientific and Patient Advocacy Communities at Conferences and Family Meetings

    The NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository team attended several important meetings during the month of June.

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  • Mar 2016

    Five New Members Appointed to the NIGMS Repository Scientific Advisory Group

    The NIGMS Repository team presented key updates and chaired discussions during their March 2016 meeting with their Scientific Advisory Committee.

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  • Mar 2016

    NIGMS Repository Showcased at Influential Genetics Conference

    NIGMS Repository attends top genetics and genomics conference.

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