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 11,300 cell lines, primarily fibroblasts and transformed lymphoblasts, and over 5,700 DNA samples. Currently, the NIGMS HGCR catalog also contains 39 iPSC lines. Repository samples represent a variety of disease states, chromosomal abnormalities, apparently healthy individuals and many distinct human populations.


Copy Number Variation (CNV) Panel of DNA samples from 45 cytogenetically characterized cell lines. Details

Apparently healthy and disease-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are now available. Details

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.

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


  • Mar 2015

    Coriell Institute Awarded $14M Grant from National Institute of General Medical Sciences

    CAMDEN, NJ – Coriell Institute for Medical Research, home to the world's most diverse biobank and a leading center for cutting-edge scientific exploration, has won a $14 million grant through an open competition from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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  • Nov 2014

    Coriell Biobank Samples Enable Promising Ebola Research

    Scientists from elite institutions all around the country are using biospecimens from the world-renowned Coriell Institute Biobank to conduct meaningful Ebola virus disease research.

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  • Jul 2014

    Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    To facilitate research on differentiated cell types and other biomedical investigations, the NIGMS Repository offers human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines derived from apparently healthy individuals or from

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  • Nov 2014

    Coriell Institute Recognized in Wall Street Journal Article

    A reporter with the Wall Street Journal investigating the relationship between the Ebola virus disease and a rare genetic disorder referenced Coriell's world-renowned biobank.

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  • Jul 2014

    Samples with Microarray Genotyping Data

    The NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository has genotyped more than 1000 Repository cell lines with the Affymetrix Genome-Wide Human SNP Array 6.0 platform.

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