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Newborn Bovine 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.

Newborn Bovine Calf Serum (NBCS, Newborn Calf Serum, NBC) is collected from healthy, inspected bovine calves that are less than 14 days of age. Serum from newborn calves provides many of the same nutrients as Fetal Bovine Serum, but has slightly higher protein levels. For select cell lines, Newborn Calf Serum can be used as an alternative to the more costly FBS.

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