Minimum Essential Medium (MEM) is one of the most commonly used of all cell culture media. MEM can be used with a variety of suspension and adherent mammalian cells, including HeLa, BHK-21, 293, HEP-2, HT-1080, MCF-7, fibroblasts, and primary rat astrocytes. We offer a variety of Gibco® MEM modifications for a range of cell culture applications. Find the right formulation using the media selector tool.
This MEM is modified as follows:
|• NEAA||• HEPES|
|• L-glutamine||• Sodium Bicarbonate|
|• Phenol Red|
The complete formulation is available.
Gibco® MEM, developed by Harry Eagle, was based on his earlier formulation of Basal Medium Eagle (BME). Many other modifications of MEM followed, including Glasgow’s MEM, MEM α, DMEM, and Temin’s Modification. MEM is available with Earle’s salts for use in a CO2 incubator, or with Hanks’ salts for use without CO2. This product is made with Earle’s salts.
Product Intended Use
For in vitro diagnostic use. CAUTION: Not for human or animal therapeutic use. Uses other than the intended use may be a violation of local law.
cGMP Manufacturing and Quality System
Gibco® MEM is manufactured at a cGMP compliant facility, located in Grand Island, New York. The facility is registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is certified to ISO 13485 standards. For supply chain continuity, we offer a comparable Gibco® MEM product made in our Scotland facility (41500-067). This facility is registered with the FDA as a medical device manufacturer and is certified to the ISO 13485 standard.
MEM contains no proteins, lipids, or growth factors. Therefore, MEM requires supplementation, commonly with 10% Fetal Bovine Serum (FBS). MEM uses a sodium bicarbonate buffer system (2.2 g/L) and therefore requires a 5–10% CO2 environment to maintain physiological pH. Powder forms of Gibco® cell culture medium require sodium bicarbonate supplementation, pH adjustment, and filtration at the time of preparation (see protocol for details).
|Phenol Red Indicator:||Phenol Red|
|HEPES Buffer:||No HEPES|
|Sodium Pyruvate Additive:||No Sodium Pyruvate|
|Product Size:||10 x 1 L|
|Serum Supplementation:||Standard Serum Supplementation|
|Shipping Condition:||Room Temperature|