Database of Cross-contaminated or Misidentified Cell Lines
This database lists cell lines that are currently known to be cross-contaminated or misidentified. The database was originally developed by Amanda Capes-Davis and Ian Freshney, and published in 2010. It is now curated by the International Cell Line Authentication Committee.
Download the latest version here (version 7.1, released 22 August 2013).
- The database currently lists 472 cell lines.
- 438 cell lines are misidentified with no known authentic stock, and are listed in Table 1.
- 34 cell lines were initially thought to be misidentified but authentic stock has since been found. These 34 cell lines are listed separately in Table 2.
- Cell lines that legitimately come from the same donor are excluded from the database – for example, if one cell line is known to be derived from another.
- 46 cell lines do not correspond to the original donor, but the contaminant is unknown. 43 cell lines come from a different species.
- 127 different contaminants are listed. The commonest is HeLa, with 113 entries (24%).
To cite the database or learn more, please refer to:
Capes-Davis A, Theodosopoulos G, Atkin I, Drexler HG, Kohara A, Macleod RA, Masters JR, Nakamura Y, Reid YA, Reddel RR, Freshney RI (2010) Check your cultures! A list of cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines. Int J Cancer 127: 1-8. PMID: 20143388.
You might also like to read more about cross-contaminated or misidentified cell lines. See our reference page with reviews on this topic.