Gibco horse serum is donor-herd collected in New Zealand and can be used as an alternative to fetal bovine serum.
Horse serum has been cited for use in several specific cell culture applications:
In addition to horse serum as a lower cost alternative to FBS, Thermo Fisher Scientific also offers normal horse serum that can be used as a blocker solution in immunoassays.
Gibco horse serum is available in both heat-inactivated and non-heat-inactivated formats.
Horse serum can be used as a viable FBS alternative in some cell culture applications. One key horse serum benefit compared to FBS is its lower cost. However, horse serum composition does differ from FBS composition, with horse serum tending to exhibit lower growth factor and higher immunoglobulin levels than FBS . Therefore, due to differences in FBS and horse serum, your specific experiment and needs should be carefully considered when deciding whether to use horse serum.
Collected from donor herds in New Zealand, each lot of horse serum is tested for its ability to support the growth of Sp2/O-Ag14 (murine myeloma) cells in control medium containing the test lot of serum. Results are compared to those obtained using control growth medium with a previously characterized reference serum. In addition, Gibco horse serum is EIA (equine infectious anemia) tested.
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