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Sigma-Aldrich

Fetal Bovine Serum

Australia origin, USDA approved, Heat Inactivated, suitable for cell culture

Synonym(s):
FCS, serum, FBS, sera
MDL number:

biological source

bovine fetus

sterility

sterile-filtered

product line

FBS Premier

quality

USDA approved

composition

Hemoglobin, ≤25 mg/dL

origin

Australia origin

technique(s)

cell culture | mammalian: suitable

impurities

≤10 EU/mL Endotoxin

shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.

−20°C

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General description

FBS remains a popular media supplement because it provides a wide array of functions in cell culture. FBS delivers nutrients, growth and attachment factors and protects cells from oxidative damage and apoptosis by mechanisms that are difficult to reproduce in serum-free media (SFM) systems.

Application

FBS sourced from Australia is used in a broad range of cell culture applications. FBS provides many non-defined growth promoting and survival enhancing factor to cells in culture. Australia carries the best possible rating in relation to Geographical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Risk (GBR) as designated by the Scientific Steering Committee on the Geographical Risk of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy. The classification for Australia is GBR Level I.

Preparation Note

Heat inactivated for 30 minutes at 56° C.

Analysis Note

  • Endotoxin and hemoglobin tested
  • Tested for the presence of bacteria, virus, and mycoplasma
  • Triple filtered with 0.1 micron membrane under aseptic conditions

Storage Class Code

12 - Non Combustible Liquids

WGK

WGK 3

Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US), Eyeshields, Gloves

Certificate of Analysis

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Certificate of Origin

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  4. What is the Department of Transportation shipping information for this product?

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  5. Once a bottle of Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) is thawed, for how long can the bottle be used?

    Once Fetal Bovine Serum has been thawed, the bottle can be used in cell culture for up to 7 days for most cell types when stored  refrigerated at 2-8°C.  If the cells are not fastidous (e.g. HeLa or fibroblasts), the thawed and refrigerated serum can be used for up to 30 days.  For some extremely fastidious cell lines, it may be necessary to screen individual lots for acceptable performance.  For uses such as blocking for various immuno procedures, usage will generally be for 30 days and perhaps somewhat longer when stored at 2-8°C.  For other procedures, usage beyond 30 days storage at 2-8°C will need to be determined.

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