Written By: Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.
Reproducibility is a key issue in science.
Massive amounts of time and money are wasted when the results of experiments are not reproducible.
For example, I was called into a lab to look at their data because they had spent thousands of dollars sorting precious human samples and were now doing genomics analysis with the isolated cells.
Unfortunately, the results of the genomics analysis made no sense based on the sorted populations. The lab was working backward through every step of the process to try to identify what might have happened and if the experiments were salvageable.
As I reviewed ...
Written By: Heather Brown Harding, Ph.D.
Most people are familiar with coverslips being placed on slides to protect the sample, but that's not the only reasons that coverslips are important.
They also affect the image quality.
Coverslips function by working with your microscope to focus light to a single point and avoiding unnecessary noise in your image.
Having the wrong type of coverslip will damage the quality of your images and the quality of the data you extract from those images.
So today, we will discuss five reasons why coverslips, and utilizing the right ones, will improve your imaging...
1. Objectives expect there to be a ...
Written By: Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.
Cell sorting is such an important technique because it's a gateway tool for many other downstream applications.
Assays such as culturing cells, genomic analysis, proteomics, injections into mice and the like are enabled by cell sorting, allowing researchers to use a homogeneously defined population of cells in their experiments.
With single-cell genomics we can readily characterize a population in great detail, but we have to have a single purified population for it to work.
That's where the cell sorter comes in.
There are all sorts of applications we can do with a purified population and with the advances in sorting ...
Written By: Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.
What are the controls that you should be considering when planning and designing your flow cytometry experiments?
Are you using isotype controls? Should you be?
Isotype controls are one of the controls used in flow cytometry today and is very controversial. In fact, I encourage people to not use it.
Are you following the rules of compensation and including the appropriate controls?
Compensation is such an important thing to get correct when running your experiments, especially if you're doing polychromatic flow cytometry, which many of us are doing nowadays.
What types of quality controls should you have in place? Quality control ...
Written by: Tim Bushnell, Ph.D.
I spend a lot of time working with my colleagues and clients retrospectively troubleshooting their data. This involves trying to understand and explain what might've happened during the data acquisition that led to the results in question.
During these discussions, I give them tips and strategies to improve their acquisition and data quality over time because we want to make sure that people have the highest quality data they can. This means that the researchers should understand and follow the best practices and are taking the time to make sure that their data is collected correctly.
There are ...
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