November 30, 2011  |  Announcements

Clear the Clutter: Organize Your Experiment Inbox

You probably don’t intend your experiment inbox to be a frenzied mess of experiments resembling your lab bench after a long night at the flow cytometer. Luckily, we have provided you with a number of tools that give you the power to efficiently manage your experiment data. In this post, we’ll highlight some of these methods of organizing and filtering your experiments. Consider this a supplement to our previous post on Future-Proofing Your Data!

Public experiments and Archived experiments are flagged with "P" or "A," respectively.

The Experiment Inbox is the first page on which you land when logging into Cytobank. By default, you will see “All Experiments,” including public experiments (denoted with a ‘P’), experiments you uploaded, experiments shared with you, and your archived experiments (marked with an ‘A’). You can change your default inbox view on your Profile page (click the Profile link at top of the experiment inbox, and then click “Edit”), for example if you wanted to display only “My Experiments” every time you log in.
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August 22, 2011  |  Announcements

Customized Sharing Using Cytobank Projects

Because Cytobank is web-based, we can help you share your flow data with your advisor, labmates, and collaborators – all around the world! By default, your data is private and visible only to you, but if you do decide to share, the easiest way to share an experiment is to give another user full access. But what if you need to share dozens of experiments with the same three people? Or what if you don’t want to give full access to someone but still want them to see your Illustrations?

A Cytobank project enables you to share multiple experiments with the same group of people. A project also allows you to set project-wide permission levels that let you determine whether or not people can make new illustrations and whether or not they can clone the experiments contained within the project.

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June 17, 2011  |  Announcements, Flow Cytometry

BD FACSelect™: Resources to Optimize Your Flow Experiments

Designing a successful flow experiment – selecting compatible reagents and optimizing your protocol – can be challenging and time-consuming. And yet, as we all know, a well-designed experiment is critical to the collection of high-quality flow data.

What do we think about when designing flow experiments?

  • What buffers should I use when probing intracellular targets?
  • Which surface antibodies work well on my sample and with my buffers?
  • What is the best concentration for my antibody?
  • Are there alternative protocols that work better with my samples?

We are excited to announce the arrival of two resources that will help you answer those questions and streamline your reagent selection process. BD Biosciences has released the FACSelect™ series, consisting of a Multicolor Panel Designer and a Buffer Compatibility Resource.

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May 20, 2011  |  Announcements, Flow Cytometry

What is SPADE?

What is SPADE?

SPADE (Spanning-tree Progression Analysis of Density-normalized Events) is a way to automatically identify populations in multidimensional flow cytometry data files. SPADE clusters cells into populations and then projects them into a tree like the one shown below. SPADE works for data from both ‘classic’ fluorescence flow cytometry and mass cytometry.

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May 11, 2011  |  Announcements

Upcoming Meetings: IMMUNOLOGY 2011 and CYTO 2011

We’re excited to be attending both IMMUNOLOGY 2011 and CYTO 2011 in the next couple weeks. Come say hello and tell us how you’re using Cytobank to share and analyze your flow data.

May 13-17, 2011
IMMUNOLOGY 2011
98th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Immunologists
Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA
Booth 307

May 21-25, 2011
CYTO 2011
XXVI Congress of the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry (ISAC)
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
Booth 322

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