Fetal bovine serum (FBS) offers essential nutrients and growth factors for the maintenance and growth of cultured cells. Cell-based applications are an integral part of basic research, biochemical studies, vaccine development, and drug discovery to name a few. FBS is the most used serum in cell-based applications as it provides the most robust culture system for the widest range of cell types.
Since 1962, Gibco FBS products have been a global market leader. Through Thermo Fisher Scientific’s unwavering commitment to quality, scientists using Gibco FBS have been provided with consistent reliability, service, value, and innovation. Discover the performance differences that Gibco Fetal Bovine Serum can deliver for your research and production.
Specifications, not origin, help drive consistent performance. We commissioned an independent research group to survey more than 500 researchers around the globe. This is what we learned:
Based on these findings, we transformed our Gibco FBS portfolio into categories focused on quality indicators rather than origin. Now you can easily select the best sera for your needs based on how they perform, not where they came from. This also enables us to minimize supply disruption since there is less reliance on origin.
We provide a simplified three-tiered offering—Gibco Value FBS, Premium FBS, and Premium Plus FBS—where each category is clearly delineated by relevant performance markers and testing levels to help ensure you can confidently select the right serum for your research.
Sera qualified for specialty research; specific assays, including stem cell research, immunoassays, antibodies, and others
|Premium FBS||Premium Plus FBS|
|Endotoxin||≤20 EU/mL||≤10 EU/mL||≤5 EU/mL|
|Haemoglobin/hemoglobin||≤25 mg/dL||≤25 mg/dL||≤20 mg/dL|
|Sterility: bacterial and fungal testing||✓||✓||✓|
|Mycoplasma: supplemental testing (H-stain)||✓||✓||✓|
|Country of origin||✓||✓||✓|
|Oritain™ testing (origin confirmation)||–||✓||✓|
|Biochemical and hormonal profile|
|Biochemical: Alkaline phosphatase, ALT, AST, bicarbonate, bilirubin (total), BUN, BUN/creatinine ratio, calcium, chloride, cholesterol, creatinine, GGPT, glucose, HDL, iron, iron saturation, LDH, LDL, phosphorous (inorganic), potassium, sodium, TIBC, triglycerides (TG), uric acid||–||✓||✓|
|Hormonal: Estradiol, insulin, progesterone, testosterone, thyroxine (T4)||–||✓||✓|
|Serology: BVDV serum neutralization titer (Ab)||–||✓||✓|
|Serology: Anti-BVDV antibody test (EMA lots only)||–||✓||✓|
|Virus (9CFR): Bluetongue Virus, Bovine Adenovirus, Bovine Parvovirus, Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus, Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV), Rabies Virus, Reo Virus|
Cytopathogenic Agents - Including Bovine Herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1/IBR)
Haemadsorbing Agents - Including Bovine Parainfluenza Virus 3 (PI-3)
|Virus (EMA): Bluetongue Virus, Bovine Adenovirus, Bovine Parvovirus, Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus, Bovine Respiratory Syncytial Virus (BRSV), Rabies Virus, Reo Virus|
Cytopathogenic Agents- Including Bovine Herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1/IBR)
Haemadsorbing Agents- Including Bovine Parainfluenza Virus 3 (PI-3)
|USDA safety testing: Bluetongue virus (Mexican and Australian origin)||✓ (Mexican only)||✓||✓ (Australian only)|
|USDA safety testing: Akabane virus (Australian only)||–||✓||✓ (Australian only)|
|Identification: Bovine gamma globulin (≤500 mg/L)||✓||✓||✓|
|Protein: Albumin, alpha globulin, beta globulin, total protein||✓||✓||✓|
|Relative growth promotion (RGP), relative cloning efficiency (RCE), relative plating efficiency (RPE)||✓||✓||✓|
|Certificate of Suitability (TSE CEP)||–||✓||✓|
Important to note that our FBS is sourced from BSE-negligible countries
Choose heat-inactivated FBS for immunological applications requiring the inactivation of complement proteins.
Choose One Shot FBS in convenient 50 mL bottles to end aliquoting and help minimize contamination risk.
Learn what scientists consider some of the most important factors in selecting fetal bovine serum for mammalian cell culture.
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|Brand||Size||Supplier SKU||Supplier Product||Gibco SKU||Gibco Product|
Learn how Fanny at Institut Curie in Paris uses FBS to culture cells, supporting studies of cell mechanisms and behaviors.
Since its launch over 60 years ago, Gibco FBS has been a part of historical scientific breakthroughs, including cell line development, cloning, and gene editing. Gibco sera are the most cited in global scientific journals and are used and trusted by many top pharma companies. Furthermore, Gibco FBS is origin guaranteed through fingerprinting technology and is ISIA traceability certified.
Extraordinary measures are taken during the manufacturing and production of Gibco FBS, with careful consideration taken in each step of the journey from farm to bench.
Did you know there are lower-cost alternatives to fetal bovine serum? These products include bovine serum, horse serum, newborn calf serum, goat serum, rabbit serum, porcine serum, and chicken serum.
Gibco sera for bioprocessing can support your cell culture needs as you scale up production. As one of the largest serum suppliers from BSE-negligible risk regions, Gibco serum can help meet biopharmaceutical manufacturing requirements.
Learn more about how we’ve become a world leader for sera, media, and reagents.
Discover the important factors to consider in FBS selection and learn how scientists are utilizing the benefits of FBS in their research.
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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 helps reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, helping shrink your footprint.
Fetal Bovine Serum Basics
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