Life Technologies recently released a flow cytometer, an analyzer to sort through large quantities of cells, that features acoustic focusing technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The device essentially creates a regulated stream of individual cells, allowing for fast and precise identification of each cell passing in front of the laser.
From a LANL press release:
The Attune Acoustic Focusing Cytometer is based on a portfolio of intellectual property developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), for which Life Technologies holds the exclusive commercial license rights. The field of flow cytometry was originally invented at LANL in the 1960s. The Bioscience Division at LANL currently is home to the National Flow Cytometry Resource (NFCR), a center for the development and application of flow cytometry technology.
From the product page:
With the Attune™ instrument, you can control your sample concentration, the flow rate, the number of photons you detect, the length of your experiment, the number of samples you run, and more.
Offers small footprint to fit in any lab and on all standard lab benches Accommodates standard tissue culture hoods for convenient aseptic work Provides a “greener” solution due to low sheath Eliminates need for a separate fluidics cart with fluidics on-board Includes change-it-yourself optical filters Offers added convenience by locating filter holder under the lid Provides violet and blue laser combination for choice of six analysis colors
Here’s a company promo video for the Attune cytometer:
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Product page: Attune Acoustic Focusing Cytometer…