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We're working on an algorithm for processing images of cells, similar to but much more basic than Cell Profiler, and we are looking for a large database of cell images to test our software. Can anyone point us in the right direction? We found the Cell Image Library immediately, but it seems almost empty.

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  • $\begingroup$ The ATCC website has a bunch of images of cells in culture. $\endgroup$ – MattDMo Oct 11 '15 at 3:00
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    $\begingroup$ @AMR those are not duplicate questions. I vote to leave open as it looks like a valid question to me. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Oct 11 '15 at 3:11
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    $\begingroup$ @AliceD That is your call, but all three have links to cell image libraries. The point of flagging as a duplicate question is also to show where a simple search of the stack would have yielded acceptable answers to the question. Answer in first link leads to Wellcome Images which has a large set of cellular images of all types. The second link had this comment nlm.nih.gov/NIHbmic/nih_data_sharing_repositories.html and the third is pretty much an identical question, with the sole exception that they did not specify it was for bioinformatics. $\endgroup$ – AMR Oct 11 '15 at 4:03
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    $\begingroup$ @AMR - admittedly, I didn't check the answers in your links, but then, as far as I understand SE's policy, I don't think questions should be closed because the answers are out there as sidelong answers posted to unrelated questions. If that would be so, a great many questions could be marked as duplicate. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Oct 11 '15 at 4:16
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There is a yearly contest on cell tracking organized by the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging, and the associated data sets are freely available.

See for example: http://www.celltrackingchallenge.net/

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I've actually answered my own question. The creators of Cell Profiler mentioned a database of biological images which they used to benchmark their software, and it appears to be available at http://www.broadinstitute.org/bbbc/

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