Custom Repository Services to Suit Unique Needs


Scientists around the world trust the Coriell Institute to provide the biosamples they need for their research. The biological products in Coriell’s care include a wide range of sample types: fibroblast and lymphoblastoid cell lines, induced pluripotent stem cell lines, DNA, RNA, high molecular weight DNA, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, and more.

Because not all scientists have the same needs, many of the collections in Coriell’s care allow for custom sample solutions for the customers who need something not offered on the catalog. Our labs are ready to work with customers on customized orders, tailoring products to best fit your exact need.

Here are some of the custom products and services we provide.

Custom Bulk DNA Lots DNA from Coriell is typically offered in 10 or 25 μg vials, but many of the DNA samples in Coriell’s care can be ordered in custom, bulk amounts (more than 1 mg). For customers interested in ordering large amounts of DNA in one single order, this option can be more effective than traditional catalog DNA samples.
Cell Pellets Coriell’s labs can also create frozen, cell pellets for many of the cell lines in its biobank. Cell pellets contain a customizable amount of cells that customers can use to extract DNA or RNA. This is a popular option for scientists interested in doing their own nucleic acid extraction, but lack the capacity to culture live cell lines.
High Molecular Weight (HMW) DNA This is a new offering from the NIGMS Human Genetic Cell Repository and the NHGRI Sample Repository for Human Genetics. HMW DNA is useful for long-read next-generation sequencing and studies that investigate large-scale genomic variation such as structural variation. HMW DNA is readily available for certain samples on our catalog, but can be made on-demand for many other samples in these collections.
RNA-On-Demand RNA is not offered by Coriell as a standard sample type, but we can extract RNA from select samples in Coriell’s care.
Custom DNA Vials/Plates/Panels Certain collections will also allow customers to create their own custom vials, plates, or panels of their DNA samples. Customers can choose the samples, the amount of DNA they’d like, and the arrangement of those samples on a plate.

While these services are available for many of the samples in some of the biggest collections in Coriell’s biobank, they are not available for all. To see if Custom Repository Services are available for a sample you are interested in, please check the side bar on the right side of the sample page.

If you have any questions about custom services for these samples, please send them to, and a member of our team will get back to you quickly. 

Please use this link to submit a request for any of the products described here.

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