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Cytomation's MoFlo MLS, capable of sorting 100,000 cells/second.

Flow cytometers equipped with cell sorters enable the isolation of highly purified cell (or other particle) subpopulations. Unlike bulk separation methods, flow cytometry-based purification is on a "per particle" basis. Each particle is classified based on any of a number of different properties prior to sorting. In this article, The Scientist shines the spotlight on commercially available options for flow cytometers with sorting capabilities.

Most cytometers are for analysis only, and are not equipped with sorters. Those that have sorters tend to fall into one of two very broad classes. Flow cytometers equipped with high-speed sorters are primarily used for "heavy duty" research applications. As a group, these instruments emphasize flexibility, making them adaptable for use in diverse research applications. They tend to have multiple,...

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