Sample Repository for Human Genetic Research

The NHGRI Sample Repository for Human Genetic Research offers DNA samples and cell lines from the populations that contributed to the International HapMap Consortium, the International HapMap 3 Consortium and the 1000 Genomes Project Consortium. All of the biospecimens were contributed with consent to broad data release and to their use in a wide range of genetic variation research, including studies that involve large-scale genotyping, sequencing, gene expression, epigenomics and proteomics. The samples include no identifying or clinical information, and are high-quality resources for the study of genetic variation in a range of human populations.

The NHGRI Repository houses biospecimens from 27 of the HapMap and 1000 Genomes Project population samples. The CEPH Utah samples are available through the NIGMS Repository.


  • The International Genome Sample Resource has released a new data portal that makes it easier to search and browse the 1000 Genomes Project data.


  • Dec 2020

    Variation in genes associated with viral entry of SARS-CoV-2 unlikely to influence COVID-19 morbidity and mortality

    In a study published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution, scientists analyzed genetic variants from publicly available datasets including the 1000 Genomes Project to determine whether differences in genetic variation across populations may account for the observation that certain populations and ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

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  • Sep 2020

    Human Pangenome Reference Consortium

    Coriell is a proud partner of the Human Pangenome Reference Consortium. A major goal of the project is to create a genome reference that is representative of human genetic diversity.

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  • May 2020

    New SNP Search Tool

    NHGRI Repository catalog users now have a new tool to identify cell lines and DNA needed for their research. SNP Search allows users to search for a specific genetic variant among Coriell-housed samples that were included in the Phase 3 1000 Genomes Project whole genome sequencing dataset (see more details here).

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