Avoiding misidentified cell lines starts with knowing what they are.

Some scientists have not received any kind of formal cell culture training and have never been taught about good cell culture practice.

This page has resources to teach scientists at any level of understanding about misidentified cell lines, authentication testing, and good cell culture practice.


The Hidden World of Cell Lines video is a short, engaging introduction to cell lines and their problems, with no prior understanding required.

Visit the ICLAC Video Companion page for more background and resources

Why should you use Cellosaurus, the cell line encyclopedia? is a 2-minute introduction to the Cellosaurus knowledge resource, giving free access to manually curated information on more than 150,000 cell lines.

Visit the Cellosaurus Educational Resources page for additional course material, including an online course with a deeper introduction to Cellosaurus

Slide Decks

The educational presentations in this section can be downloaded and used for training.

Case Studies

The case studies in this section explore why misidentified cell lines matter, and the impact they can have on the scientific literature.

Further Reading

Good Cell Culture Practice
Advice to Scientists: Incorporating Authentication into Everyday Culture Practice