Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS)
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ATCC determined that a biosafety level is not applicable to this material based on our risk assessment as guided by the current edition of Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (BMBL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is your responsibility to complete your own risk assessment and understand any potential hazards associated with the material per your organization’s policies and procedures and any other applicable regulations as enforced by your local or national agencies.
Triple filtered through 0.1 μm filters. Each lot of fetal bovine serum is tested for sterility and for the ability to support the growth of several different cell lines using both sequential growth curves and plating efficiencies. Fetal bovine serum is manufactured from fetal bovine blood collected in USDA-inspected abattoirs located in the United States.
Remove serum from frozen storage and place the bottle(s) overnight in a refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C. Gently agitate the bottle(s) from time-to-time in order to mix the solutes that tend to concentrate at the bottom of the bottle. Do not keep serum at 37°C any longer than necessary for it to thaw completely. Alternatively, serum bottles may be placed in a 37°C water bath directly from frozen storage. Do not thaw serum at temperatures above 37°C. Bottles should be agitated by a gentle swirling motion to enhance mixing and thawing.
If you are not using all of your thawed serum at once, it is recommended to dispense it into single-use aliquots and store these at -20°C or colder. Temporary storage of thawed serum at 2°C to 8°C may be acceptable, depending on the customer application. This should be validated by the customer prior to implementation.
Turbidity and flocculent material may be present after thawing. ATCC’s experience indicates that neither of these changes affects the performance of serum. If the presence of flocculent material or turbidity is a concern, they can be removed by aseptic filtration through a sterile 0.45 µm filter.
Heat-Inactivation of Serum
CAUTION: Heat-inactivation of serum is usually unnecessary and can be detrimental to the growth of some cells. We strongly recommend that you heat-inactivate serum only if it is required for a particular cell line.
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