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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).

We would like to hear about your work involving AR Bank isolates. Please email us at ARBank@cdc.gov to share the title and publication information of any manuscripts and other materials developed using our isolates.

AR Isolate Bank
By the Numbers

28 panels
915 isolates
2138 orders
1170 registered users


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

Contact us at ARbank@cdc.gov, or call 404-639-2180.

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