The Guava easyCyte™ 8 and Guava easyCyte 10 are instruments by EMD Millipore that are designed to be used in flow cytometry projects.
There are several features that are standard with EMD Millipore’s suite of easyCyte instruments. These features include a microcapillary fluidics system, direct absolute cell counts, digital signal processing and data acquisition and analysis using the InCyte™ software application. Microcapillary flow cytometry refers to a patented fluidics system that features a flow cell that provides absolute cell counts. This fluidics system also negates the need for sheath fluid.
The InCyte software application allows researchers to concentrate on data that is experimental or an actual sample. The software application uses automation for compensation and provides other features such as plot analysis, setup, and drag and drop. The software allows researchers to perform analysis of a full plate of data in comparison to the one sample that is common with the heat mapping function with multiple parameters.
The Guava easyCyte 8 is an instrument whose name is derived from the number of parameters that it supports. This configuration includes six fluorescent colors and two light scatters (side and forward). The parameters are derived from red and blue modulated lasers. This instrument contains a single sample loader that offers researchers consistent tube sampling. The assays that are common for this system include cell health, immunophenotyping, compound screening, and cell signaling. The Guava easyCyte 8 instrument supports kits that are associated with FlowCellect and Guava.
As its name indicates, the Guava easyCyte 10 benchtop flow cytometry instrument has 10 parameters that consist of eight fluorescent colors and two light scatters (side and forward). The 10 parameters for this system stem from violet and blue modulated lasers. The assays that are common for this system include cell signaling, compound screening, immunophenotyping, and cell health.
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