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.

           To see previous announcements, click here.


  • Dec 2017

    iPSC Lines Added to NIST Reference Materials Collection

    The Coriell Institute for Medical Research (Coriell) has added induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to its collection of highly characterized cell lines offered by Coriell and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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  • Aug 2017

    Coriell Attends Cure CMD Conference for Scientific, Patient Communities

    This July, the Cure CMD Scientific and Family Conference in Washington D.C. brought together researchers, patients, families and advocacy groups in their push for research regarding congenital muscular dystrophy.

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  • Jan 2017

    NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository Introduces New Cell Lines for Muscular Dystrophy Research

    The NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository at the Coriell Institute has partnered with the FSH Society to make available an important collection of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) cell lines.

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