Flow Cytometer Installed at National Research Council

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Kinetic River Corp., a developer of flow cytometry and optics products, announced it delivered its flagship flow cytometer to the National Research Council (CNR) in Naples, Italy. Kinetic River’s Potomac flow cytometer, the company said, was installed in the CNR’s Institute for the Electromagnetic Sensing of the Environment (IREA). IREA-CNR personnel will use the device to perform label-free biological sample analysis and run water quality tests.

Romeo Bernini, research director at IREA-CNR, said researchers requested a distinct violet/UV excitation configuration, enabling the use of short wavelengths to generate autofluorescence and to detect nanoparticles for biomedical applications. Kinetic River reported that the customized device also specifically allows scientists to measure cyanobacteria, which are common contaminants in water reservoirs. In application, the flow cytometer uses three light sources — at 375 nm, 405 nm, and 266 nm — and features nine detection channels with three channels intended to support future upgrades.

Published: November 2020
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Flow cytometry is a powerful technique used in biology and medicine for the quantitative analysis of the physical and chemical characteristics of cells and particles suspended in a fluid. The method allows for the rapid measurement of multiple parameters simultaneously on a cell-by-cell basis. It is widely used in various fields, including immunology, microbiology, hematology, and cancer research. Here are the key components and features of flow cytometry: Sample preparation: Cells or...
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