Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)
Other names: fetal calf serum (FCS)
FBS is the supplement most frequently used in cell culture systems (2-20 % in medium). Where applicable, it is also used in the production of therapeutic proteins. FBS is a by-product of the meat industry and can be extracted as such only in regions with extensive cattle husbandry, where a sufficient amount of bovine fetuses can be accumulated during the slaughtering processes.
In general, FBS provided by Biochrom GmbH originates from South America and Australia. The serum is tested for endotoxins, mycoplasma, viral contamination, and viral antibodies (against BVD-MD, BHV-1, PI3).
What cells do you like to cultivate? Depending on your needs, we can recommend FBS lots suitable for cultivating amniotic fluid cells and hybridoma cells.
In addition, Biochrom GmbH offers FBS with specific pre-treatment:
- γ-irradiated FBS (on request and for an extra charge, γ-irradiation is available for improved viral safety; irradiation dose ≥ 30 kGray)