The Rio de Janeiro Cell Bank presents the Human and Animal Cells Catalogue, a result of the joint work of scientists, technicians and students from our laboratory. This is the fourth edition, continuing the previous efforts to fully establish and sustain this National Centre for Human and Animal Cell Studies.

Since its creation, the Rio de Janeiro Cell Bank has aimed the organisation and maintenance of a centre for deposit and distribution of cell lines, available to Brazilian scientists. As time went past, our laboratories accumulated a required competence in cell culture and in vitro studies on cell biology. At present, we participate in courses for graduate students, advanced technical courses, and we offer the tutorial teaching of in vitro animal and human cell culture at basic and advanced levels. The biotechnology has attained a great importance in most fields of science, and particularly in biomedical sciences, giving support to new medical approaches for treatment of degenerative diseases, and for repair and regeneration. We have actively participated in development of the methods that use in vitro manipulation of human cells, and in their transfer to the local medical area.

We have changed the general organisation of the catalogue. We present all the files in alphabetic order, allowing a direct search of a specific cell line. Moreover, we present a new general index, similar to the catalogues of other international Cell Banks. For a quick access to Monoclonal Antibodies, we present the list of RJCB Hybrids with direct access to their products. We hope that this catalogue becomes helpful as it was planned to be, and we are grateful for any suggestion to improve it.

We thank FINEP/PADCTIII for the financial support, and to the Fundação Universitária José Bonifácio for resources management . We are grateful to the staff of the Rio de Janeiro Cell Bank, students and professors of the UFRJ, who have participated in the maintenance of the cell lines. Thanks are also due to all the scientists who contributed to our work, and in particular to those from the Instituto de Biofísica Carlos Chagas Filho, Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas, and Instituto de Microbiologia Paulo de Goes from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, as well as from the Fundação Instituto Oswaldo Cruz.