[Neuroscience] Re: Horse serum vs. fetal bovine serum

govinda.gopi28 from gmail.com via neur-sci%40net.bio.net (by govinda.gopi28 from gmail.com)
Wed Mar 5 02:54:19 EST 2014

On Thursday, April 21, 1994 9:36:33 AM UTC+9, Ben Yang wrote:
> Neuronal Culture Experts:
> I am wondering what is the major difference between horse serum and fetal
> bovine serum in terms of as a choice used in neuronal tissue culture
> medium. It seemed no much difference to me in my experiment of cortical
> neuronal cultures from embryonic rat. But some people insist on using
> FBS. I can't find an answer from any book, your comments appreciated.

Fetal bovine serum is from the unborn fetus inside the cow, while Horse serum is from the adult horse. This plainly implies that FBS contains growth factors and less antibodies on the contrary the horse serum contains many antibodies and less growth factor, and is rather supportive for differentiation of cells which are able to differentiate.

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