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Cell culture is viewed as one of those enigmatic techniques by some researchers. There are so many parameters to consider: which cells to use, what media and supplements are appropriate, how often to feed, how to deal with contamination, etc. We've put together a collection of resources that we hope will give you the confidence to get started and to continuously improve your skills in the cell culture room.

We’ve assembled the following list to connect you with all our educational, technical, application, and other learning materials.  Use the quick links here to help you browse our collection of Virtual Labs, Videos & Webinars, Handbooks, Application Notes & Protocols, and Selection Guides.

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Gibco education & virtual lab
A unique, interactive cell culture training experience. Learn the fundamentals of cell culture, including aseptic technique and performing a cell passage. As you progress through the lab, answer a series of quiz questions to earn points. Will you get a perfect score?
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Cell Culture Videos
Refresh your knowledge with these videos showcasing basic cell culture techniques for passaging, freezing, thawing and aseptic techniques. Watch Now

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Cell Culture Heroes Webinars
Gibco Cell Culture Heroes spotlights PhD and post-doc researchers across the globe with the primary focus of telling the story of their research. This program promotes education and creates a community amongst researchers who are driving tomorrow's breakthroughs using cell culture. Meet our heroes

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Cell Culture Café Webinar
Join this science-based community where techniques, tips, and questions concerning cell culture are presented and discussed. Through these interactive webinars, our cell culture experts explore topics ideally suited to your lab. Search the Cell Culture Café

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Gibco Cell Culture Basics Handbook

Intended as an introduction to cell culture, the handbook covers methods for passaging, freezing, and thawing cultured cells. Also covered are topics pertaining to requirements of a cell culture laboratory, laboratory safety, aseptic technique, and microbial contamination of cell cultures.

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Gibco Cancer Basics Handbook

This companion handbook introduces the fundamentals of cancer cell culture, overview of specific cancers and the ten hallmarks of cancer. Learn about Resisting Cell Death and the other hallmarks of cancer.

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One Cell Bio Product Handbook
A simplified view of our most popular products and services. This handbook will help to expedite your search for the right cell biology product and give you an in-depth look at how we can help accelerate research. Access this product guide

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These cell culture application notes share research applications and proof-of-concept experiments involving various products from our cell biology portfolio, including Thermo Scientific, Invitrogen and Gibco products. See cell culture application notes

Browse our protocol list for guidelines and general procedures for routine subculturing, thawing, and freezing of cells in culture. See cell culture protocols

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Gibco Media Formulation Tool
Use our interactive Media Formulation tool to compare basal media side-by-side. First choose your media, and then choose specific modifications to find the right match for your experiment. Easily compare selected media with the download feature for your future reference. View media formulations

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Nunc Cell Culture Plates Selection Guide
Whether you’re culturing individual cell lines or scaling up for high throughput screening, or anything in between, there’s a Thermo Scientific Nunc plate for your needs. Advances in manufacturing for surface technology, well geometry and optical flatness mean we have a plate tailored for your specific application. Find the right plate for your research

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iMatch Sera Lot Matching Tool
Serum is variable lot to lot, but that doesn’t mean your cell culture should be too. Gibco has solved the serum puzzle with the iMATCH multi-parametric lot matching tool. Our FBS specialists utilize iMATCH to find you the most consistent or highest performing lot of serum available, via our proprietary algorithm which analyzes all or partial certificate of analysis parameters. Learn more about iMatch

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Better Together
Did you know that using Gibco media, reagents and FBS along with Nunc Cell Culture plastics can provide great product performance and convenient features that make it easier for you to do your work? We’re constantly innovating new ways to give you the best of both—the performance you need and the convenience you want.  Find how Gibco & Nunc products are better together

Cell Culture & Transfection Resource Library

Access a targeted collection of scientific application notes, publications, videos, webinars and white papers for cell culture and transfection.

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Blog:  Advancing Cell Culture

Find cell culture news, best practices and informative resources for everything from cell isolation and growth to cell analysis, harvesting and storage.

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We are committed to delivering products that serve the research needs of our customers, while striving to develop them in a way that minimizes our use of natural resources and our impact on the environment.

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Cell Culture & Transfection Learning Center
Access cell culture and transfection educational resources for better experiment planning and execution.

Media Formulation Tool
Find the right Gibco media formulation for DMEM, DMEM/F-12, MEM, and RPMI-1640 media.

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Cell Culture & Transfection Support Center
Find technical support recommendations for your cell culture and transfection workflows, including tips for experimental setup and in-depth troubleshooting help.

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