Identifying misidentified/contaminated cell lines (ICLAC)

We display a banner on the product results page if any displayed cell lines are suspected of contamination by the ICLAC

Despite their importance in modern biomedical research, contamination or misidentification of cell lines is a widespread problem that directly impacts how you interpret your findings and the direction you take your research. To put this in perspective, the International Cell Line Authentication Committee (ICLAC), a volunteer organization dedicated to cataloguing misidentified cell lines, reported in the 2020 edition of its registry that 509 cell lines are misidentified with no known authentic stock. The problems this can cause researchers is exemplified by the Chang Liver cell line — originally thought to be normal human liver cells are instead HeLa cells, human cervical cancer. 

When using BenchSci, we keep you informed if any of your search results include suspect cell lines with a banner on the products page with a link to the ICLAC registry (see below).

Note that just because a cell line is flagged by the ICLAC does not necessarily mean your cells are contaminated, but you should consider authenticating them.

Can I exclude flagged cell lines from my search?

We don’t yet have the ability to exclude cell lines flagged by the ICLAC from being shown in your search results, but if this is a feature that is valuable for you, please reach out and let us know.