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Cell sorting

Cell sorting is set of techniques that are used to separate cells according to their properties. Such methods include Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), which is the process in which cells stained with fluorophore-conjugated antibodies are separated based on the fluorophore(s) they have been stained with. The cell sorter "interrogated" the cells with an array of lasers, and then separates individual cells into single droplets. The droplets are given an electronic charge, which is used to attract or repel the droplet, and collect the cells according to their charge into collection tubes.

Cell sorting is used in a very large number of applications.

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Before you get started with one of our cell sorters, we recommend you read our “Sorting Rules BRC Flow Facility” document.