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The CDC & FDA Antibiotic Resistance (AR) Isolate Bank provides curated collections of resistant organisms to help microbiologists, drug and diagnostic manufacturers, and researchers combat one of the world’s greatest infectious disease threats.

Isolates are gathered through CDC’s outbreak response and surveillance programs, validated and sequenced for testing, and then thoughtfully curated to increase lab efficiencies and public health innovations. The isolates represent samples from healthcare-associated, foodborne, gonorrhea, and community-associated infections.

Please use the following citation for any publications, protocols, or any written materials using AR Bank Isolates.

CDC & FDA Antibiotic Resistance Isolate Bank. Atlanta (GA): CDC. [cited date]

In text citation for single isolates:
  • e.g., Escherichia coli AR Bank # 0001.
For panels:
  • e.g., ceftazidime/avibactam panel (CDC & FDA AR Isolate Bank).

Have you published your work using AR Isolate Bank isolates?
We would like to hear about your work involving AR Isolate Bank isolates. Please email us at to share the title, publication information, and link or DOI. We will list peer reviewed publications that include AR Isolate Bank isolates on the AR Isolate Bank website’s AR Isolate Bank Citations page.

AR Isolate Bank
By the Numbers

31 panels
1012 isolates
3219 orders
1988 registered users

Suggested citation: CDC and FDA Antibiotic Resistance Bank. Atlanta (GA): CDC. [cited date]

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