The IHWG Cell and DNA Bank was established as a shared resource to support the scientific projects of the 13th International Histocompatibility Workshop (IHWS). The Research Cell Bank (RCB), located in Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, maintains the IHWG inventory.
This comprehensive inventory includes B-Lymphoblastoid Cell Lines (B-LCL) from previous International Workshops, HLA heterozygous and homozygous donors, selected families, and individuals of diverse population groups. The RCB maintains stocks of purified DNA derived from these cell lines, as well as DNA reference panels that provide an extensive array of HLA and HLA-related sequence polymorphisms. The RCB also provides cloned HLA genes and B-LCL transfected with selected HLA genes, which are available on a limited basis.