This product is manufactured in our Grand Island, US facility and is intended for sale in North America, Latin America, and the Asia/Pacific region—higher freight charges will apply to orders shipped elsewhere. An equivalent product, manufactured in Paisley, Scotland, is recommended for our customers in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Click to view.

Basal Medium Eagle (BME) This product, and/or its packaging, incorporates one or more environmental/green features. Click on this icon to learn more.

Catalog number: 21010046

Gibco™  Related applications: Mammalian Cell Culture

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Basal Medium Eagle (BME) is a widely used synthetic basal medium for supporting the growth of many different mammalian cells. BME was originally developed by Harry Eagle for HeLa cells and mouse fibroblasts, when he discovered the minimum requirements for cell growth in vitro. BME has since been used for other human lines, including WI-38 and MRC-5.

This BME is manufactured as follows:
• Phenol Red• L-glutamine

The complete formulation is available.

BME contains eight B vitamins, the ten essential amino acids, plus cystine, tyrosine, and glutamine. There are a number of modifications of BME: Minimal Essential Medium, Glasgow's Medium and Dulbecco's Modified Eagle's Medium. This BME formulation contains Earle's salts for use in a CO2 incubator.

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
Gibco® BME 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® BME product made in our Scotland facility (410100-026). This facility is registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is certified to the ISO 13485 standard.

BME contains no proteins, lipids, or growth factors. Therefore, BME requires supplementation, commonly with 10% Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). BME uses a sodium bicarbonate buffer system (2.2 g/L) and therefore requires a 5-10% CO2 environment to maintain physiological pH.

“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.”
For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.


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

Contents & storage

Storage conditions: 2-8°C. Protect from light
Shipping conditions: Ambient
Shelf life: 12 months from date of manufacture


Manuals & protocols

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