Archive for May, 2012
Welcome to Cytobank User Stories, a series featuring interviews with Cytobank users on their research, scientific vision, and use of flow cytometry.
This time we interview Harris Fienberg, a Ph.D. candidate in the Nolan Lab at Stanford University. Harris’s most recent publication features his work developing a cell viability detection protocol for mass cytometry using a platinum-based reagent. You can view and analyze the data firsthand via his Cytobank Report.
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|What are you excited about in science? What is your scientific vision?|
|(more…)Over the last 30 years we’ve gained an extraordinary understanding of the molecular components that make up cellular signaling cascades. However, we’re just beginning to understand how the various components of the cell work together to integrate signals and relay these signals to form phenotypic outcomes. I’m interested in gaining a more holistic understanding of cellular communication. In the future I believe that specific proteins will be seen less in the context of certain signaling pathways and more as words that the cell uses to make a message. I think that reaching this more comprehensive understanding of cellular signaling will be more about about integrating data with smart data analytics than gaining more and more “-omics” style data sets.|
On Cytobank, you can download the Illustrations you’ve built with our Print View and PDF tools. These are useful for generating figures for publications, printing for your lab notebook, and keeping a local copy of your Illustrations.
Our latest additions to this functionality include the ability for users to change the page size of PDFs such that large illustrations are no longer truncated horizontally.
Here is an overview of the changes:
Page formatting options
You can now select among a range of paper size options for PDFs, including three fixed-size options that constrain the page dimensions if you’re looking to print your plots (Letter, A4, and Poster) and two auto-fit options that scale the width and height of the PDF to exactly fit your document dimensions. The difference between the two auto-fit options has to do with limitations imposed by Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which will only open documents that do not exceed 200 inches in either dimension. So, if you plan on generating very large arrays of plots and want to use Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF, you’ll need to select the “Very Large” auto-fit option, which inserts page breaks every 200 inches. If you do not want page breaks in your PDF and can use alternate software such as Adobe Illustrator to open your PDF, then choose the “Infinite” auto-fit option. With every page formatting option, if you choose a plot size and type combination that exceeds the width of the page format you have selected, an orange warning box will appear on the PDF generation page asking you to select a format with larger dimensions or to alter your plot size.