Flow cytometry enables researchers to count and characterize cells and cell populations based on their morphology, immunological properties and metabolic activity (viability). The technology is based on the emission of light when single cells pass a ray of light or laser beam in a thin capillary. The scattered light allows the characterization of the cell. Cells labeled with fluorescent dyes or antibodies can also be detected with so-called fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) technology. In addition to simple cell characterization, FACS allows the cells to be sorted into different containers.
Flow cytometry is used in several applications including diagnostics (e.g., hematology), basic research (e.g., immunology and cell biology) or for viability testing in cell culture and cell maintenance.
Hamilton has automated solutions for a range of applications in the field of flow cytometry.