Gibco® newborn calf serum (NBCS) is collected from calves typically 20 days old or younger. All lots are processed and manufactured in New Zealand. Each lot of newborn calf serum is tested for its ability to support the growth of VERO cells over three subcultures. At each passage, the cells subcultured to the original cell-inoculation density. Results are compared to parallel results obtained using control growth medium containing a previously characterized reference serum.

Newborn calf serum is available in both a heat inactivated and non-heat inactivated format.

Common Uses

  • Culture of fish cells1


  1. Nanda PK, Swain P, Nayak SK, Dash S, Routray P, Swain SK, Patra BC, Goat Serum as an alternative…, in Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2009 Mar-Apr;45(3-4):148-51. Epub 2009 Jan 1