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8 Time-Saving FACSDiva Software Tips

8 Time-Saving FACSDiva Software Tips

BD Biosciences brand of digital flow cytometers, including the FACSCanto, the LSR-II, FACSAria and Fortessa, utilize a software acquisition program known as FACSDiva. Diva is aptly named as it can be a difficult program to master. However, Diva has come along way over the past 10 years and many improvements have been made to help end-user. Taking time to learn these changes will improve the reproducibility of your data, the chances of your data getting published, and your overall experience on the cytometer. These changes will also save you time. Here are 8 time-saving FACSDiva tips to use the during your next flow experiment: 1. ...

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6 Tips For Applying The Right Statistical Test To Your Flow Cytometry Data

6 Tips For Applying The Right Statistical Test To Your Flow Cytometry Data

Flow cytometry data are numbers rich. Data from experiments can be population measurements (percent of CD4+ cells, for example), or it can be expression level (median fluorescent expression of CD69 on activated T cells). Many times, researchers are content to show histograms to illustrate their point after a flow experiment. This approach misses the opportunity to take that content rich data and extend the analysis into a statistical analysis. To properly perform statistical analysis, the first step is to understand the hypothesis. The hypothesis will guide the statistical analysis, identifying the correct test to be performed. There are several things that need to ...

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7 Tips For Measuring And Reporting Apoptosis By Flow Cytometry

Cell death is a fact of biological life.  How, when, where and most importantly, why cells die, can have huge biological consequences on the path an organism may take. Apoptosis, or programed cell death, can result in a selective advantage for an organism. Fingers, for example, are the result of apoptosis of cells during development. Next to immunophenotyping, measuring apoptosis using flow cytometry is one of the most common assays. It may be because of the many different ways to measure the process, many of which can be easily performed in a high-throughput manner, or combined with other assays to determine if specific cellular ...

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If You Don't Know This About GFP, FITC, And PE, You Might Publish False Flow Cytometry Data

When we learn about fluorescence, the first thing we are told is that fluorophores emit photons that are higher wavelength than the photons that they absorb. What this specifically refers to is the stokes shift, which results from non-radiative energy transfer during the fluorescence process. When a photon is absorbed by a fluorophore molecule, some of the resultant energy is lost in molecular vibration and movement (among other things) so that the energy released after fluorescence is lower than the energy absorbed. Since wavelength is inversely proportional to energy, this lower output energy light is higher in wavelength than the input ...

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How To Do Phospho-Flow Cytometry

I often have researchers come into the core wanting to look at the activation and downstream signaling events that occur in different immune cells. These events occur in response to signals such as cytokines, chemokines, various receptor ligands, and the engagement of the T cell or B cell receptors. The signaling events are also characterized by the initiation of several phosphorylation events. Measuring Phosphorylation Events When this is the case, I recommend that the researchers set up a phospho-specific flow cytometry, or phospho-flow, experiment. These types of experiments measure the phosphorylation state of intracellular proteins at the single cell level. Phospho-flow allows for the ...

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I've been doing flow cytometry for over 9 years. Over these years I've come across certain issues that are "not found in the users manual." By joining Expert Cytometry's easy-to-attend online seminars, you have a way to truly become an expert cytometrist at your leisure with the ability to ask flow experts from around the world burning questions that you've always had. After taking the "5 Things You're Doing Wrong in FACSDiva During Your Flow Cytometry Experiment" I learned things I've wondered about for years and learned small changes I can do that will drastically improve my flow methods. These courses provide you one-on-one ability to learn from flow experts that are currently running entire flow cores at world-renowned locations. Since it is not experts from any of the companies, you are provided with a very honest, humble, and practical training. Since these people are in the trenches doing day-to-day ...

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