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BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY

'Bioinspired' culturing process loses serum, gains reproducibility

By Anette Breindl
Senior Science Editor

Friday, February 10, 2017

Serum – the part of blood that is left over after red cells are removed – is a cornerstone of cell culture. Fetal bovine serum, with its mix of growth factors and nutrients, certainly enables cultured cells to grow. But because it is a natural product, what's in it is not just what is desirable to researchers.

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