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LIFE SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES: EBB AND FLOW: Cytometry For The Next Generation

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Science  05 Nov 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6005, pp. 853
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6005.853

Summary

Think there's nothing new in the world of flow cytometry? Think again. As industry powerhouses like BD Biosciences and Beckman Coulter continually redefine the technology's bleeding edge, upstarts have emerged with innovative technologies of their own. And not only upstarts. No less a corporate brand than Sony entered the fray this past February with the purchase of flow cytometry firm iCyt. As Richard Konz, director of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Flow Cytometry Core Facility, explains, the technology has shaken off its immunology roots to become a multidisciplinary tool. "Literally every department is using flow for something, and that for me is very exciting," Konz says. "It's basically never a dull moment."