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A short history of cell culture media and the use of insulin

Published 16 July 2012 | By Novo Nordisk Pharmatech A/S

The ancestors of cell culture media were the balanced salt solutions (BSS) devised by early workers interested in studying isolated organs ex vivo. The first BSS was composed in 1885 by Sydney Ringer (1836-1910), a British clinician and pharmacologist from University College London who worked on the isolated frog heart.

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A short history of cell culture media and the use of insulin