Needed - Human Tumor Cell Line Database

Dan Jacobson danj at
Sat Jan 30 11:40:30 EST 1993

In article <55529.lapointe at> lapointe at THORIN.UTHSCSA.EDU ("David Lapointe") writes:
>I have received two calls today from researchers
>interested in a datbase of tumor cell lines.
>Aside from the ATCC catalog is there a database of tumor 
>cell lines?

A couple of gopher searches finds the following items that may
be useful.

Best of luck,

Dan Jacobson

danj at


            NIGMS Human Genetic Mutant Cell Repository Catalog of Cell Lines
            and DNA Samples (NIGMS-HGMCR)

HGMCR provides descriptions of cell cultures and DNA samples
available for genetic disease studies and gene mapping.


Dr. Richard Mulivor
Coriell Inst. for Medical Research
Copewood & Davis Streets
Camden, NJ 08103
(609) 966-7377


 TITLE   Molecular and cellular predictors of breast cancer prognosis


  This program represents a multidisciplinary approach save
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  information on all patients whose tumor samples are being analyzed.  The
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