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Minimum Essential Medium Eagle

With Earle′s salts and L-glutamine, without sodium bicarbonate, powder, suitable for cell culture


Quality Level




cell culture | mammalian: suitable


NaHCO3: no
sodium pyruvate: no
phenol red: yes
Earle’s salts (5% CO2): yes
L-glutamine: yes

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Generally used to grow attached cell lines, such as fibroblasts, in the presence of FBS, calf or horse sera.


Formulated to contain 9.5 grams of powder per liter of medium.


Supplement with 2.2 g/L sodium bicarbonate.

Other Notes

Essentially the same as the original formula, except it is provided as a powder.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

  1. Which document(s) contains shelf-life or expiration date information for a given product?

    If available for a given product, the recommended re-test date or the expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

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    The lot specific COA document can be found by entering the lot number above under the "Documents" section.

  3. Does Product M0268, Minimum Essential Medium Eagle, contain phenol red?

    Yes, this product contains phenol red.  Phenol red is included in most medium as a visual pH indicator.  The medium should be changed when the color turns yellow (acidic) or purple (basic).

  4. What is the formulation of Product M0268, Minimum Essential Medium Eagle?

    The formulation for this product can be found on the product datasheet.

  5. Does Product M0268, Minimum Essential Medium Eagle, have an expiration date?

    Yes, this product has an expiration date of 36 months from the date of manufacture. The expiration date can be found on the Certificate of Analysis.

  6. Does Product M0268, Minimum Essential Medium Eagle, contain sodium bicarbonate?

    No, this product does not contain sodium bicarbonate. It is recommended to add 2.2 g sodium bicarbonate per Liter of medium. Use either Product No. S5761 (powder) or S8761 (7.5% solution).

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MEM (Minimum Essential Medium Eagle)

A large selection of MEM formulations. Minimum Essential Medium (MEM), developed by Harry Eagle, is one of the most widely used of all synthetic cell culture media.


Powdered Media Preparation Instructions

Powdered media and salt mixtures are extremely hygroscopic and should be protected from atmospheric moisture.

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