The National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) is the world’s oldest bacterial collection that was specifically established to provide strains globally to support scientific research. In addition to the general catalogue NCTC has a fully curated bacteriophage and plasmid archive that to date has not recently been made available to the wider scientific community. The NCTC bacteriophage collection consists of over 100 bacteriophage and their corresponding bacterial hosts which were originally deposited primarily for their value in bacterial typing. The collection consists of bacteriophage from the following hosts: Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Campylobacter. The NCTC Datta plasmid collection is a curated collection of over 500 unique plasmids which were originally curated to examine the biology of plasmid transfer between and within bacterial strains. The NCTC bacteriophage collection is currently being fully characterised using a range of modern methods including genomic sequencing and electron microscopy. The plasmid collection is also being characterised using genomic sequencing and restriction digest profiles. It is intended that once characterised and rebanked both the plasmid and bacteriophage collections will be made available in 2019 to scientists to support research and development. The NCTC bacteriophage and plasmid collections will both be dynamic, representing an active repositories into which microbiologists can deposit phages and plasmids to support accessibility and reproducibility in science.

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