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 11,700 cell lines, primarily fibroblasts and transformed lymphoblasts, and more than 6,300 DNA samples. Currently, the NIGMS HGCR catalog also contains nearly 60 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. Sample data available in the NIGMS Repository regarding race, ethnicity, and/or ancestry is self-reported information provided by sample submitters. Coriell has not verified the accuracy of such data. Please direct any questions about these policies to


  • Dec 2019

    NIGMS to provide Reference Samples for All of Us Research Program

    The NIGMS Repository has been selected by the National Institutes of Health to provide genetic reference samples for the All of Us Research program, an initiative designed to advance research into individualized health care.

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  • Nov 2019

    NIGMS Attends the RARE Patient Advocacy Summit

    In September, the NIGMS Repository attended and hosted the Coriell booth at the Global Genes’ RARE Patient Advocacy Summit, in San Diego, California.

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  • Oct 2019

    Launch of the Featured Publication Series

    Announcing the launch of our Featured Publication series

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