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What is rabbit serum?

Rabbit serum can be used as an alternative to FBS in some cell culture applications and is collected from animals typically six months old or younger. Gibco rabbit sera is processed and manufactured in the United States.

Rabbit serum uses

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  • As a cell culture media supplement, rabbit sera can provide cells with proteins, hormones, nutrients, and other factors necessary for growth.
  • As a blocking serum in immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry, rabbit serum is sometimes combined with BSA [1,2]. Thermo Fisher Scientific also offers normal rabbit serum tested for performance in a variety of immunoassays.

Rabbit serum quality testing

Each lot of rabbit 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.

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Fetal Bovine Serum Basics
Learn the basics of FBS for cell culture, including information on the FBS uses, components, and the market dynamics driving this industry.

Cell Culture Basics
Learn the fundamentals of cell culture for achieving consistent results, including laboratory setup, safety, and aseptic techniques.

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