The Human Genetic Cell Repository sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences contains more than 11,000 cell lines and DNA samples collected from numerous individuals. All of these cell lines and DNA samples are categorized into several collections representing a variety of disease states, chromosomal abnormalities, heritable diseases, distinct human populations and apparently healthy individuals. Many of these cell lines have previously been studied with detailed conventional cytogenetic analyses including G-banded karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization. This work was carried out by investigators at submitting institutions and scientists at Coriell Institute for Medical Research, where the NIGMS Repository is hosted. Recently, approximately 900 cell lines, mostly chosen from the Chromosomal Aberrations and Heritable Diseases collections, have been further characterized in detail at the Coriell Institute using the Affymetrix Genome-Wide Human SNP Array 6.0 to detect copy number variations and copy number neutral loss of heterozygosity. A database containing detailed cytogenetic and genomic information for these cell lines has been constructed and is freely available through several sources, such as the NIGMS Repository website and the UCSC Genome Browser. As additional cell lines are analyzed and subsequently added into it, the database will be maintained dynamically.
- Received January 11, 2013.
- Accepted May 1, 2013.
- Copyright © 2013 Author et al.
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