Fetal Bovine Serum

Canada origin, sterile-filtered, suitable for cell culture

FCS, serum, FBS, sera
MDL number:

Quality Level

biological source

bovine fetus



product line

FBS Classic


Bovine IgG, ≤1 mg/mL
Hemoglobin, ≤25 mg/dL


Canada origin


cell culture | mammalian: suitable


≤10 EU/mL endotoxin

shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.


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General description

Fetal bovine serum is the main component present in almost all media used for the culture of animal cells. It provides serum additives to the cell culture medium, which is essential for supporting growth of a variety of cell types. It is rich in growth factors and protein but low in γ-globulin content.
FBS blocks reactive oxygen species generation, which otherwise is not eliminated in serum-free media (SFM) systems. It also protects cells from oxidative damage and apoptosis.


FBS sourced from Canada is used in a broad range of cell culture applications. FBS provides many non-defined growth promoting and survival enhancing factors to cells in culture. It was used as a supplement for different cell cultures.

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

Personal Protective Equipment

dust mask type N95 (US),Eyeshields,Gloves


NONH for all modes of transport

WGK Germany


Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis
Certificate of Origin
Megha S Even et al.
Trends in biotechnology, 24(3), 105-108 (2006-01-24)
Despite considerable progress in the development of cell culture techniques, including the development of the serum- and protein-free media that now routinely support hybridoma and mammalian cell growth, fetal bovine serum (FBS) supplemented media are still commonly used: a practice...
Thomas Sanderson et al.
European journal of pharmacology, 593(1-3), 92-98 (2008-07-22)
Certain lactone-containing secondary plant metabolites display potent biological effects, including anti-tumor activities. This is of particular interest as these compounds appear effective against hormone-dependent cancers, such as those of breast and prostate, of which the incidence is on the rise....
Irza Sukmana et al.
Journal of biomedical materials research. Part A, 92(4), 1587-1597 (2009-05-14)
We describe an in vitro culture process that uses 100-microm diameter poly(ethylene terephthalate) monofilaments as contact guidance of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to orient the development of microvessels in a 3D environment. Untreated fibers, distanced either by 0.05...
Irza Sukmana et al.
Biomaterials, 31(19), 5091-5099 (2010-03-30)
In the present study, polymer monofilaments were embedded in fibrin seeded with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) to guide HUVEC attachment and migration in order to form oriented vessel-like structures between adjacent monofilaments. Histology and fluorescent fibrin experiments confirmed...
Shannon E Clarke et al.
Transgenic research, 23(3), 489-501 (2014-03-14)
Fat-1 transgenic mice, which endogenously convert n-6 PUFA to n-3 PUFA, are a useful tool in health research; however with this model timing of n-3 PUFA enrichment cannot be directly controlled. To add such capability, the novel Cre-recombinase inducible fat-1...
Cultured cells are excellent hosts for the propagation of many types of viruses. The ability of cell culture systems to produce large quantities of attenuated viral particles has served as the basis for the production of both human and veterinary vaccines. Traditional methods have relied on the production of viral agents in cells cultured in medium supplemented with serum, most commonly fetal bovine serum (FBS).
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