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Donor Horse Serum

Cells in culture require a source of nutrition, typically provided by cell culture media. The majority of these media require the addition of animal serum for cells to obtain the proper nutrients to grow adequately. Serum is an important source of proteins, lipids, vitamins, amino acids, salts, minerals, attachment factors, growth factors, hormones and other components essential for cell growth.

Donor Horse Serum (DHS) is obtained from closed donor horse herds that receive regular veterinary inspection and care. The donor animals are all gelded draft horses in order to limit lot-to-lot hormone level variations. They are fed a special diet and are fasted prior to bleeding to reduce lipid concentrations. Donor Horse Serum will support the growth of a wide variety of mammalian cells, providing a cost-effective alternative for Fetal Bovine Serum. Donor Horse Serum is often used in bovine virus research applications since it does not contain bovine antibodies.

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