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Fetal Bovine Serum

non-USA origin, from USDA approved countries, Heat Inactivated, sterile-filtered, suitable for cell culture

Synonym: FBS, FCS, sera, serum

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Related Categories Cell Culture, Core Bioreagents, Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) and Other Animal Sera, Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) for cell culture, Life Science Reagents for Cell Culture,
biological source   bovine fetus
sterility   sterile-filtered
quality   from USDA approved countries
composition   Hemoglobin, ≤25 mg/dL
origin   non-USA origin
application(s)   cell culture | mammalian: suitable
impurities   ≤10 EU/mL endotoxin
storage temp.   −20°C

Description

Application

FBS sourced from USDA approved non-USA countries 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.

Fetal Bovine Serum has been used to block the human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) derived hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) cells in phosphate buffered saline during immunofluorescence staining.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) is used as a supplement to cell culture media. It provides many non-defined growth promoting and survival enhancing factors to cells in culture.

Suitability

USDA Approved Sourcing refers to FBS produced from blood collected in countries outside of the United States that have been approved by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for export of beef products into the United States. Eligible countries for export into the U.S. include Australia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Uruguay. Foreign serum is tested to ensure the absence of exotic viruses before release by the USDA.

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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

Safety & Documentation

Safety Information

Personal Protective Equipment 
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NONH for all modes of transport
WGK Germany 
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Department of Transportation shipping information for this product?
Transportation information can be found in Section 14 of the product's (M)SDS.To access the shipping information for this material, use the link on the product detail page for the product.
Once a bottle of FetalBovine 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 culturefor 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°Cwill need to be determined.
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