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Gibco™ MEM, no glutamine, no phenol red DFS Item

MEM (Minimum Essential Medium) is one of the most commonly used of all cell culture media.

Supplier:  Gibco™ 51200038

Catalog No. 51200038

Requires : Supplementation



MEM (Minimum Essential Medium) 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 MEM modifications for a range of cell culture applications. Find the right formulation using the media selector tool.

This MEM is modified as follows:
Without: L-glutamine, HEPES, Phenol Red

The complete formulation is available.

Using MEM
MEM was developed by Harry Eagle, and 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. 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.

Order Info

Shipping Condition: Room Temperature



Storage conditions: 2-8° C. Protect from light
Shipping conditions: Ambient
Shelf life: 12 months from date of manufacture
Primary Rat Astrocytes
1 X
MEM (Minimum Essential Medium)
No Glutamine, No HEPES, No Phenol Red, No Sodium Pyruvate
cGMP-compliant under the ISO 13485 standard
Room Temperature
HeLa, BHK-21, 293, HEP-2, HT-1080, MCF-7, and fibroblasts
Animal Origin-free
Standard Serum Supplementation
Low Glucose
Sustainable packaging




For Research Use or Further Manufacturing. Not for diagnostic use or direct administration into humans or animals.