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Escherichia coli bacteriophage S13 (ATCC® 13706-B5)

Strain Designations: S13  /  Type Strain: no  /  Biosafety Level: 1

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Deposited As S13
Strain Designations S13
Host Organism
Escherichia coli strain C (ATCC 13706)
Single-stranded DNA phage
Biosafety Level 1

Biosafety classification is based on U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines, it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that their facilities comply with biosafety regulations for their own country.

Product Format freeze-dried
Storage Conditions Frozen: -80°C or colder
Freeze-Dried: 2°C to 8°C
Live Culture: See Propagation Section
Preceptrol® no
Type Strain no
Nearly identical to phi X174 though of independent origin. Icosahedral capsid
Medium ATCC® Medium 129: Nutrient agar/stabs/broth with 0.5% NaCl
Growth Conditions Temperature: 37°C
Atmosphere: Aerobic
Name of Depositor I Tessman
Chain of Custody
ATCC <-- I Tessman <-- S. Zahler <-- R. Wahl <-- F. Burnet
Single-stranded DNA phage

. . J. Pathol. Bacteriol. 32: 15, 1929.

. . Ann. Inst. Pasteur 72: 284, 1946.

Zahler SA. Some biological properties of bacteriophages S13 and theta X-174. J. Bacteriol. 73: 310-315, 1958. PubMed: 13513602

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  • Customers located in the state of Hawaii will need to contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to determine if an Import Permit is required. A copy of the permit or documentation that a permit is not required must be sent to ATCC in advance of shipment.
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