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Catalog number: 10370088

Gibco™  Related applications: Mammalian Cell Culture

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MEM (Minimum Essential Medium) is one of the most commonly used of all cell culture media. MEM can be used with a variety of suspension and adherent mammalian cells, including HeLa, BHK-21, 293, HEP-2, HT-1080, MCF-7, fibroblasts, and primary rat astrocytes. We offer a variety of MEM modifications for a range of cell culture applications. Find the right formulation using the media selector tool.

This MEM is modified as follows:
With Without
• NEAA • L-glutamine
• Phenol Red • HEPES

The complete formulation is available.

Using MEM
MEM was developed by Harry Eagle, and was based on his earlier formulation of Basal Medium Eagle (BME). Many other modifications of MEM followed, including Glasgow’s MEM, MEM α, DMEM, and Temin’s Modification. MEM is available with Earle’s salts for use in a CO2 incubator, or with Hanks' salts for use without CO2. This product is made with Earle’s salts. MEM contains no proteins, lipids, or growth factors. Therefore, MEM requires supplementation, commonly with 10% Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). MEM uses a sodium bicarbonate buffer system (2.2 g/L), and therefore requires a 5–10% CO2 environment to maintain physiological pH.

cGMP manufacturing and quality system
MEM is manufactured at a cGMP-compliant facility located in Grand Island, New York. The facility is registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is certified to ISO 13485 standards. For supply chain continuity, we offer an identical MEM product made in our Scotland facility (10370-070). This facility is registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is certified to the ISO 13485 standard.

“This reagent is classified as a medical device in several countries. If it is not regulated as a medical device in specific region, it should be used for laboratory use only.”


Glutamine: No Glutamine
Phenol Red Indicator: Phenol Red
Form: Liquid
Sodium Pyruvate Additive: No Sodium Pyruvate
Glucose: Low Glucose
Product Size: 10 x 500 mL
Volume (Metric): 500 ml
Serum Supplementation: Standard Serum Supplementation
Green Features: Fewer resources used, Less waste
Shipping Condition: Room Temperature

Contents & storage

Storage conditions: 2°C to 8°C (protect from light)
Shipping conditions: Ambient
Shelf life: 12 months from date of manufacture

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