Minimum Essential Medium (MEM) 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 Gibco™ 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 |
|• Earle's salts ||• L-glutamine |
|• Phenol Red ||• HEPES |
The complete formulation
MEM, developed by Harry Eagle, 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. This MEM formulation is made without calcium for use with suspension cultures. This MEM formulation contains Earle’s salts for use in a CO2
incubator. This product is made with Earle’s salts.Product Intended Use
For in vitro
diagnostic use. CAUTION: Not for human or animal therapeutic use. Uses other than the labeled intended use may be a violation of local law. Dual site cGMP Manufacturing and Quality System
Gibco™ 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 Gibco™ MEM product made in our Scotland facility (11380-052). This facility is registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is certified to the ISO 13485 standard.
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.