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Keep Calm and Contract Your Cytometry

Posted on: December 11, 2019

Top 5 Things to Look for in a Flow Cytometry CRO

There comes a moment when the flow cytometry work can be too much. Sometimes it’s the big “make-or-break” experiment that has to go just right, or sometimes it’s the monthly batches of clinical trial samples that have to be handled, on a Saturday, with swift, deft hands, and you’re the only one qualified for the job. That’s when you either break down in tears of exhaustion and frustration, or you consider finding some help. Now most investigators aren’t in a position to hire and train new staff for cytometry work, but there is high quality and reliable alternative - A contract research organization (CRO).

A CRO can carry out your flow cytometry experiments, to you exact specifications, and meet your needs for a single experiment or a multi-year clinical trial. CROs specializing in flow cytometry may be your best option to guarantee high quality and reliable results.

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The Three P’s of Ploidy – Understanding Ploidy and Flow Cytometry

Posted on: December 05, 2019

Ploidy is defined as the number of complete chromosome sets in a cell’s nucleus. In animal cells, chromosomes are typically found in pairs and cells are considered diploid. In contrast, plant cells can tolerate higher levels of genome duplication and can exist in various states of polyploidy. Understanding and characterizing ploidy in diverse organisms, from bacteria to mammals, has been greatly facilitated by flow cytometry-based ploidy measurements. Consider these three P’s of ploidy as you decide if ploidy analysis could be a valuable addition to a current or upcoming study.

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Data Dive - Wrangling Big Data Sets from Flow Cytometry

Posted on: November 20, 2019

Advances in immunology data analysis have taken this field into the realm of “Big Data.” Flow cytometers can now measure dozens of parameters, and complementary techniques like mass cytometry can deliver data that requires sophisticated data analysis methods. Modern data analysis approaches have also revolutionized personalized immunotherapy and improved diagnostics.

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Why Outsource Flow Cytometry?

Posted on: October 29, 2019

Make Your Decision With These 5 Questions

You have just gotten approval to start a big phase 1 clinical trial and 172 precious blood samples are about to come through your door in about two months. What do you do? Do you clone yourself and your outstanding flow cytometry skills? Do you consider skipping sleep for a few weeks? Do you panic? Perhaps, you should consider outsourcing your flow cytometry analysis ...

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Do’s And Don’ts Of Clinical Flow Cytometry

Posted on: October 16, 2019

We’ve given you advice about what to consider when planning clinical flow cytometry experiments. Now check out these ‘do’s and don’ts’ to get the most out of your next clinical flow experiment.

Do - Know What Types Of Cells You Want To Identify.

Some cells are very robust and are easy to identify in peripheral blood samples. Other cells die if you shake the tube the wrong way or they behave as if they have their own agenda. Take the time to do pilot experiments with samples that are not precious so you can work out a protocol that is robust and precise enough to identify your cells of interest in your valuable clinical samples.

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