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From flow cytometry research and experimental design trends to FluoroFinder tool updates and industry applications, we explore it all in our blog.  

Newsletter: Live-Cell 3D Imaging with Fluorescence Nanoscopy

Newsletter: Live-Cell 3D Imaging with Fluorescence Nanoscopy

Live-Cell 3D Imaging with Fluorescence Nanoscopy Advances in microscopy techniques now allow for ultra-high-resolution imaging of fluorescently labeled markers within living three-dimensional (3D) cell cultures. This provides researchers with a more accurate spatial...

Newsletter: Antigen Density: Why Brighter Is Not Always Better

Newsletter: Antigen Density: Why Brighter Is Not Always Better

Antigen Density Antigen density refers to the number of target molecules in a specific cell subset.  Antigens expressed at high levels are densely populated on the cell, making them more readily available for antibody detection.  Understanding antigen density is...

Newsletter: Flow Cytometry Fights COVID-19

Newsletter: Flow Cytometry Fights COVID-19

How  cytometry  is  helping researchers  fight  a pandemic Flow cytometry is playing a central role in shaping our understanding of COVID-19 disease and the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Here we highlight how research teams are using flow cytometry to detect SARS-CoV-2, identify...

Newsletter: State of Spectral Flow Cytometry

Newsletter: State of Spectral Flow Cytometry

State of Spectral Flow Cytometry Spectral analyzers are the next generation of multicolor flow cytometers offering unparalleled sensitivity, increased detection range, do-it-all flexibility, and ease of use. Unlike conventional flow cytometers which use dichroic...

Newsletter: Choosing a Flow Cytometry Analysis Software

Newsletter: Choosing a Flow Cytometry Analysis Software

Analysis Software   FluoroFinder’s panel builder tool is the obvious choice to simplify your flow cytometry experiment design, but you will also need to choose software for efficient data analysis. Your lab or core facility may already have one or more analysis...

Newsletter: Flow Cytometry Applications for Blood Immunophenotyping

Newsletter: Flow Cytometry Applications for Blood Immunophenotyping

Flow Cytometry Applications for Blood Immunophenotyping Immunophenotyping refers to the process of detecting expressed protein markers to identify and quantify specific subsets of cells within a heterogeneous population.  Flow cytometry is the most common method of...

Newsletter: Tandem Dyes – Life is Brighter with a Buddy

Newsletter: Tandem Dyes – Life is Brighter with a Buddy

Tandem Dyes The commercial availability of antibody-linked fluorescent dyes has expanded rapidly over the past decade. Where researchers were once limited to a handful of common dyes (FITC, PE, APC, PerCP, etc.), they can now choose from an extensive list of...

Newsletters: Flow Virometry

Newsletters: Flow Virometry

Flow Virometry Multicolor flow cytometry can be used to detect and characterize viral antigens. This technique, called flow virometry, allows researchers to define viral particle profiles and better understand the relationship between infectivity and transmissibility...

Newsletter: The Potential and Limitations of Image Flow Cytometry

Newsletter: The Potential and Limitations of Image Flow Cytometry

Image Flow Cytometry Image flow cytometry (IFC) is a technique that combines fluorescent immunostaining and microfluidics with powerful digital imaging software. Like flow cytometers, image cytometers analyze heterogeneous cell populations across multiple parameters...

Newsletter: Fighting the Replication Crisis with Open Research

Newsletter: Fighting the Replication Crisis with Open Research

The replication crisis, or data irreproducibility crisis, is now a well-established problem across all scientific disciplines. This inability for researchers to replicate published experimental results exposes data integrity issues and risks potentially faulty...

Newsletter: Cytometer Instrument Types

Newsletter: Cytometer Instrument Types

Flow Cytometer/Cell Sorter Instrument Types Flow cytometers and cell sorters are two powerful tools for the accurate and efficient characterization of cells.  Both instrument types measure forward scatter (FSC), side scatter (SSC) and multiple fluorescent parameters...

Newsletter: Understanding Fluorochromes for Flow Cytometry

Newsletter: Understanding Fluorochromes for Flow Cytometry

Advances in flow cytometry instrumentation, technology and chemistries have enabled researchers to expand their experimental parameters rapidly. Experiments that were once limited to the detection of three to four parameters have increased to detect up to 40 compounds...

Newsletter: Fluorescent Protein Expression

Newsletter: Fluorescent Protein Expression

Fluorescent proteins are an important part of any molecular biologist’s toolkit. Recombinant DNA techniques allow researchers to incorporate a fluorescent protein into an engineered plasmid and track its expression over time with flow cytometry or, more commonly,...

Newsletter: FLISA vs Fluorescent ELISA

Newsletter: FLISA vs Fluorescent ELISA

The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) offers a simple and effective method for rapid biomarker detection.  The main benefits of ELISA include good specificity, low cost, and straightforward readout.  However, the limited sensitivity of standard colorimetric...

Newsletter: Background Fluorescence

Newsletter: Background Fluorescence

Background fluorescence includes any signal detected beyond what is generated by the fluorochromes being measured.  The three major sources of background fluorescence include autofluorescence, spectral overlap, and undesirable antibody binding. Because false signals...

Newsletter: Advances in Flow Cytometry

Newsletter: Advances in Flow Cytometry

The field of flow cytometry continues to progress toward the goal of collecting and analyzing more data. Here we explore two recent advancements: spectral analyzer platforms to collect more data, and machine learning algorithms to analyze larger datasets. Machine...

Newsletter: Getting more from less with multiplex IHC

Newsletter: Getting more from less with multiplex IHC

Pathologists and life science researchers are increasingly performing multiplexed assays on formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded samples.  This allows for the collection of more data from a single tissue specimen, far beyond the typical single-color immunohistochemistry...

Newsletter: The Do’s and Don’ts of Compensation

Newsletter: The Do’s and Don’ts of Compensation

Compensation is the process of correcting for spillover when one fluorophore is detected in multiple channels.  It is required for most experiments of four or more colors to identify the correct signal that should be measured in each channel.  This quick list can help...

Newsletter: Staining Index

Newsletter: Staining Index

When designing a flow cytometry experiment, it is important to consider the relative brightness of each fluorescent label on your specific instrument.  Generally, it is best to assign brighter fluorochromes to weakly expressed markers, and dimmer labels to strongly...

Newsletter: Multicolor Microscopy

Newsletter: Multicolor Microscopy

The inability to resolve signals with overlapping color spectra has traditionally limited fluorescence microscopy to a “color-barrier” of 5 colors. However innovative new developments in microscopy techniques and analysis software are allowing researchers to resolve...

Newsletter: A guide to Flow Cytometry Cell Cycle Analysis

Newsletter: A guide to Flow Cytometry Cell Cycle Analysis

Flow cytometry cell cycle analysis typically involves using a DNA binding dye to determine each cell’s total DNA content. Sorting cells by cell cycle phase is then possible, as the total DNA content fluctuates as cells pass through G0/G1, S, and G2/M phases. Cells in...

Improve your Gating Technique

Improve your Gating Technique

The first step to any successful flow cytometry data analysis is proper gating. For a complete overview of gating terminology, types and strategies, check out our previous Gating Newsletter. Here we outline 6 questions that cytometry researchers should ask themselves...

Newsletter: Apoptosis

Newsletter: Apoptosis

Flow cytometry remains the most powerful tool for studying apoptosis in cell populations. However, many researchers may not be aware of the variety of options available for apoptosis markers. Here we explore the use of flow cytometry in apoptosis research and examine...

Newsletter: Getting the most out of your cytometer

Newsletter: Getting the most out of your cytometer

Cytometer technology is continually improving, with more lasers, detectors, and channels to allow the measurement of more parameters. But researchers are too often reluctant to expand the scope of their experiments for fear of increasing design complexity. This month...

Newsletter: Antigen Density Explained

Newsletter: Antigen Density Explained

This month we explain why antigen density is important to flow cytometry studies, describe how it is measured, and list some useful references for known antigen expression densities... 1. Why Antigen Density Matters 2. Methods for Determining Antigen Density 3....

Newsletter: 7 Steps of a Successful Flow Cytometry Experiment

Newsletter: 7 Steps of a Successful Flow Cytometry Experiment

Getting started in flow cytometry may seem overwhelming, so we’ve broken the flow cytometry experiment down into seven basic steps. 1. Select your Cytometer 2. Design your panel 3. Optimizing your staining protocol                                                 4....

Newsletter: The History of Flow Cytometry

The field of flow cytometry research has evolved significantly over the past 70 years. Here we take a look back at some of the most important achievements on the path to bigger, faster and better flow cytometry experiments. Microscopes (Early 1700s) Antonie van...

Newsletter: Tandem Dyes

Newsletter: Tandem Dyes

The commercial availability of antibody-linked fluorescent dyes has expanded rapidly over the past decade. Where researchers were once limited to a handful of common dyes (FITC, PE, APC, PerCP, etc.), they can now choose from an extensive list of fluorescent dye lines...

Newsletter: Compensation

Newsletter: Compensation

Proper compensation is critical for accurate interpretation of your flow cytometry data. Therefore, we have compiled this “comprehensive” list of compensation tips to help improve your analysis. Sections: What is Compensation & Why Do I Need it? Best Practices for...

Newsletter: The Fight Against Irreproducibility

Newsletter: The Fight Against Irreproducibility

The “reproducibility crisis”, or the inability for researchers to replicate results or reproduce findings remains a growing concern for a wide range of scientific disciplines. This month, the National Association of Scholars published an excellent report examining the...

Newsletter: Tips for Getting Published

Newsletter: Tips for Getting Published

Posted on: Apr 3, 2018 We know you put a lot of time and effort into your flow cytometry experiments. Follow these 7 tips to ensure that your high-quality flow data is more likely to be published! Select the right cytometer Prepare your samples correctly Design a...

Newsletter: OMIPs Simplify Panel Design

Newsletter: OMIPs Simplify Panel Design

What is a dump channel? Simply put, a dump (also called an exclusion) channel is used to group and exclude everything that is not of interest for your study. This typically involves using one or more antibodies to stain antigens that are known not to be expressed by...

Newsletter: Dump Channels

Newsletter: Dump Channels

What is a dump channel? Simply put, a dump (also called an exclusion) channel is used to group and exclude everything that is not of interest for your study. This typically involves using one or more antibodies to stain antigens that are known not to be expressed by...

Newsletter: Viability Dye Selection Guide

Newsletter: Viability Dye Selection Guide

Cell viability dyes are critical controls for proper flow cytometry analysis. Dead cells can skew data by causing cell aggregation, contributing to cellular autofluorescence or nonspecifically binding detection antibodies. This is especially problematic when measuring...

Newsletter: Art of Gating Flow Cytometry Data

Newsletter: Art of Gating Flow Cytometry Data

Flow cytometry gating can often seem like a daunting task. While there is no single solution, experienced cytometrists can recommend several tips beyond “praying for good data”. Here we define gating, explore gating methodologies, and provide some useful tips for...

Newsletter: Colors

Newsletter: Colors

This month we explore the ever-expanding selection of commercially available fluorescent antibodies and how researchers are getting better data by designing more colorful panels. Sections: Research Trend Toward More Colors Suppliers Expanding Fluorescent Catalogs...

Newsletter: Best Practices

Newsletter: Best Practices

FluoroFinder has integrated cytometer configurations for over 500 cores! (You can check for yours here). With so many researchers now using FluoroFinder to design their flow cytometry experiments, we wanted to share some of the excellent feedback we have received....

Newsletter: Get More from Your Core

Newsletter: Get More from Your Core

If you are working with a shared flow core facility, then you probably know how important it is to get the most out of your limited cytometer time. Aside from costing your lab time and grant money, shared cytometers are a valuable resource so booking additional time...

Newsletter: Reproducibility Crisis

Newsletter: Reproducibility Crisis

You may have read about a growing “reproducibility crisis”, where scientists are increasingly unable to replicate the results of their colleagues’ scientific experiments. To combat this trend, research teams are emphasizing collaboration throughout the experiment...

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