MEM Minimum Essential Medium

Gibco Minimum Essential Media is patterned after Eagle’s Media and is well suited for the growth of a broad spectrum of mammalian cells.

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.

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Choose the right MEM

Select the right Gibco MEM for your cell culture. Browse the catalog and you’ll be able to narrow the list according to:

  • Glutamine / GlutaMAX supplementation
  • Phenol red indicator
  • Liquid vs powder formats
  • Serum supplementation
  • Sodium pyruvate additive
  • Application

Specialty MEM formulations

Take your cell culture to the next level with enhanced formulations of your everyday favorites.

  • Allows for a reduction of FBS supplementation by at least 50% with no change in growth rate or morphology
  • Ideal for use during cationic lipid transfections

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Find the right Gibco media formulation

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. 
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