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We're moving!

Effective June 1st, 2014, our new address will be:

UCFlow, University of Chicago
924 E. 57th St. Room R022
Chicago, IL 60637

All other contact information will remain the same.
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He said, She said, PEBCAC?
In flow cytometry core facilities, scenarios such as the one that follows are commonplace. The first thought that comes to me after a user reports a problem. An end-user is attempting to collect data, for some reason there's an issue, the end-user requests ...
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If you're even remotely involved in the world of cytometry, you'll want to visit the new community.  Hoping to make this a team effort!
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That's likely the issue Carol.  You'll need to engage with communities from a desktop for the time being :(

If that doesn't work, you can always just do a search for Cytometry and it'll pop right up.
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Life Technologies Attune Cytometer, take 2
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Well, what I can say is that they've greatly tightened their spec, which is a plus. Also, I think part of the issue revolved around the Applied Biosystems merger. I know for my 1st install, they had our regional sequencer engineer install the attune. I think they are better cross-trained on the flow equipment. And, they've learned their lesson about shoddy installs. I know first hand they lost sales on account of my first review. I'm willing to give them a second chance
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Dang!  Caught this announcement too late.  Hopefully they record and archive these broadcasts.
 
Tomorrow Dr. Tim Overton, Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering and Grant Howes, Director of Marketing, Personal Flow Cytometry will be discussing the benefits of using flow cytometry in diverse microbiological applications.

Register for the FREE nature.com custom webcast

Date: September 27th 2012
Time: 1 pm Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific / 6 p.m. GMT / 7 p.m. CET
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The Avalon Cell Sorter from Propel Labs.  A first look and review posted to the UCFlow blog.
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21st Century Learning using an Ancient Model Applied to Flow Cytometry Training
There are so many things I'd love to learn.  I always imagined myself playing the guitar, or executing a no-hands backflip, or even writing a mobile application, but so far, I still cannot do any of those things. Of course, each of these things are certainl...
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Ready to throw some money down on a new cytometer?  Read my 10 tips for purchasing your next cytometer here.
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The Avalon Cell Sorter developed by Propel-Labs has been purchased by Bio-Rad.  The deal, which will allow Propel to reach its market and keep up with demand, gives Bio-Rad the 'rights' to the instrument in exchange for an undisclosed dollar amount.  Now, all the questions about how Propel-Labs will handle service, sales, and manufacturing out of their tiny facilities in Ft. Collins, CO should be answered.  

Seems like a good move for Propel, and a very good move for Bio-Rad, which contrary to the sounds of it's name doesn't do too much in the cell-based life sciences.  Bio-Rad is actually opening up a brand new Flow Cytometry division, which I could only imagine will include hardware and reagents.  It seems to me that they might be in the 'buying' mood.  Perhaps they'll follow suit with Affymetrix and pick up an antibody company (like BioLegend, for example).  We'll see...

Here's the new page for the S3 Cell Sorter (formerly the Avalon) with it's new paint job:  http://www.bio-rad.com/prd/en/US/LSR/PDP/MC3PU4E8Z/S3-Cell-Sorter

And here's my review of the (then) Avalon Cell Sorter:  http://ucflow.blogspot.com/2012/08/propel-labs-avalon-first-look.html
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Bunch of great talks today at the New England Cytometry User Group Meeting.  I was fortunate to be able to share some of the work going on at UCFlow regarding instrument sensitivity testing.  I described our method for calculating the qNORM (quantitative Normalized Overlap Ratio Metric), which is a value that describes the minimum number of antibodies bound to a cell that can be resolved from unstained cells.
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Forthcoming, Carol.  It's part of a larger publication that I'm waiting for my collaborators to wrap things up.
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Acoustic focusing (a la the Attune from Life Technologies) meet Acoustic Levitation.  Lots of potential cytometry applications here...
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We've finally made it!!!!

Flow Cytometry was mentioned on Gizmodo today!! 

Gizmodo says, "The device is a miniaturized version of a flow cytometer, which until now were huge machines weighing hundred of pounds. The machine uses lasers and sensors to count cells, sort them, and detect all sorts of biomarkers in a liquid like blood. According to NASA, it works in real time, giving a diagnostic in just ten minutes."

Did I mention, microfluidics will save the world? I'm not sure you're aware of that yet... but you will be.
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