National Collection of Pathogenic Viruses
Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton Down, Salisbury SP4 0JG, U.K.
E-mail email@example.com Tel: +44 (0) 1980 612619 Fax: +44 (0)1980 612731
Authenticity of research materials, including viruses, is becoming more and more an issue in today's regulatory environment. Material supplied by NCPV will be accompanied by documentation including source and passage history, and evidence of identity such as appropriate antibody reactivity, or PCR or nucleotide sequence data, as the Collection develops. An incremental programme to make available non-infectious virus-derived materials such as DNA or RNA from purified virus or from infected cells, individual virus genes (in the form of PCR products or cloned DNA), and viral proteins is also under way. There are also plans for courses in laboratory virology and the handling of viral pathogens, which will build on the highly popular ones run by ECACC.
The Collection is expected to be of benefit in the development and testing of vaccines and antiviral compounds, in the development and validation of diagnostic test systems, and in the conservation of biodiversity. Since the whole purpose of the Collection is to provide a service to the virological community, NCPV is very interested to hear from potential users. What would you like to be made available, what extra services or products would you like to see? We would also like to hear from those who would be wishing to contribute viruses to the Collection.