asal Medium Eagle (BME) in Hanks’ Buffer


Basal Medium Eagle (BME) in Hanks’ Buffer originally developed by Harry Eagle. Moreover, this media is one of the most widely used of all synthetic cell culture media. Markedly, BME is the predecessor of Eagle’s Minimum Essential Medium (MEM) and Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Medium (DME). PurMa Biologics presently manufactures BME with Earle’s for use in a CO2 incubator, or with Hanks’ (HBSS) salts for use without CO2.


As the composition, this media contains HBSS buffer

HBSS buffer contains:

  1. Potassium Chloride
  2. Potassium Phosphate, monobasic
  3. Sodium Bicarbonate
  4. Sodium Chloride
  5. And lastly, Sodium Phosphate, dibasic


PurMa Biologics manufactures 117 types of BME in HBSS buffer. This media has been successfully used for a variety of suspension and adherent mammalian cells, including HeLa, BHK-21, 293, HEP-2, HT-1080, MCF-7, fibroblasts as well as primary rat astrocytes.


For the complete formulation of Basal Medium Eagle (BME) in Hanks’ Buffer click here :  BME with Hanks’ Buffer (HBSS) Formulation


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