Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)

Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is a byproduct of harvesting cattle for the meatpacking industry–it offers essential growth factors for the maintenance and growth of cultured cells. FBS is used as a supplement to basal growth medium in cell culture applications.

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Cell-based applications are an integral part of not only basic research, but also biochemical studies, vaccine development, and drug discovery to name a few. Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS) is the most commonly used serum as it provides the most robust culture system for the widest range of cell types. Gibco FBS can provide the cell health, maintenance and viability critical for optimal performance and cell growth in your culture medium.

Through our unwavering commitment to quality, we continue to provide scientists with the consistent reliability, service, value, and innovation that have made Gibco fetal bovine serum products a global market leader since 1962. Discover the differences that Gibco Fetal Bovine Serum can deliver for your research and production today.

Gibco fetal bovine serum products

Choose the right fetal bovine serum for your specific cell culture needs—from basic research to specialty assays. Whether you need fetal bovine serum with the least viral risk, the lowest endotoxin levels, or sera qualified for specialty applications and assays, Gibco products offer superior value.

Value FBS

Sera for standard research applications

  • Up to 50 quality tests including 9CFR virus testing, endotoxin, performance
  • Triple 0.1 micron filtration
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Premium FBS

Sera with the least risk of BSE and lower viral risk

  • NEW Premium Plus FBS our most defined serum with best in class specifications
  • Meets USP/EP guidelines
  • Up to 96 quality tests including EMA virus testing; USP/EP mycoplasma, endotoxin, performance; biochemical/hormonal profiling; Oritain fingerprinting
  • Triple 0.1 micron filtration

Specialty FBS

Sera qualified for specialty research
 

  • NEW Tet-System Approved FBS helping ensure optimal induction for your expression systems
  • Specific assays, including stem cell research, immunoassays, antibodies, and others
 
 
 
 

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Other animal sera

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Although Fetal Bovine Serum is the most commonly used serum product, many other products are sold as a lower-cost alternative. These products include bovine serum, horse serum, newborn calf serum, goat serum, rabbit serum, porcine serum and chicken serum.

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leaf icon Less waste

When minimizing waste in your lab, every little bit helps. The 1 L Gibco bottle uses 38% less source material (32% less for the 0.5 L bottle) than comparable media bottles on the market today. This reduces the consumption of non-renewable resources helping shrink your footprint.

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Learn more about sustainable solutions

Resources

For research use or further manufacturing use only. Serum and blood proteins are not for direct administration into humans or animals.