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Human and animal cell lines are widely used in basic and translational biomedical research, as they constitute a simple and representative model system for functional studies and identification of diagnostic tools and therapeutic targets. Each cell line has unique features and can be used for specific studies. It is therefore important to know characteristics of the cell lines and link the description to their availability. Presently, cell line information is mainly provided by collections on their sites. This has limitations, mainly related to the vast amount of collections and sites and to the heterogeneity of systems. Moreover, biological resources available from small collections or research laboratories can easily be missed.
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