Characterization of a new human diploid cell strain, IMR-90

Science. 1977 Apr 1;196(4285):60-3. doi: 10.1126/science.841339.


A new human diploid fibroblast-like cell line has been established from lung tissue of a female fetus. This has been frozen away in large quantity and characterized for use in research and related purposes. This is the first of a planned series of human cell lines to be established, characterized, and banked in large quantity in support of the National Institute on Aging research and general cell biology.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Cell Division
  • Cell Line*
  • Cell Survival
  • Cells, Cultured / immunology
  • Cells, Cultured / microbiology
  • Diploidy
  • Freezing
  • HLA Antigens / analysis
  • Humans
  • Lung / embryology
  • Preservation, Biological
  • Virus Cultivation


  • HLA Antigens