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Union Biometrica, Inc.: Sorting and Analyzing Encapsulated Particles

April 8, 2013

At the meeting, Professor David Cánovas, Dept. of Genetics, Univ. of Seville, Spain, presented a poster entitled ‘A new method for fungal genetics: flow cytometry of microencapsulated filamentous microcolonies’. The poster detailed how Union Biometrica’s COPAS™ large particle flow cytometer was used to sort and analyze filamentous fungi in monodispersed alginate microspheres which had been encapsulated using Cellena® Flow Focusing® technology. The flow cytometer was able to distinguish spores at various stages of germination within the alginate capsules, detect reporter gene expression, and allows for the screening of mutants that can be identified as a result of changes in these characteristics.
The presentation was well received by scientists from a variety of research fields, who are in need of a novel approach to encapsulate individual spores in order to isolate, establish and analyze clonal colonies. This combination of single spore microencapsulation and large particle flow cytometry is clearly the long-awaited solution to a difficult task.
Application notes referencing the sorting of fungi using Union Biometrica’s instruments can be viewed via the links below.
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About Union Biometrica, Inc.
Union Biometrica designs and markets tools for high throughput model organism research. We provide Large Particle Flow Cytometers (COPAS™ and BioSorter®) for objects that are too large / too fragile for traditional cytometers and offer an alternative to manual sorting. These systems sort and dispense objects based on size and fluorescent parameters. Automating this process offers increased speed, sensitivity, quantification, and repeatability of experiments. In addition to our COPAS and BioSorter products, we will be offering the VAST BioImager in mid 2013 for automated imaging of 2-7 dpf sedated zebrafish larvae.
Peer reviewed journal papers referencing our COPAS™ and BioSorter® instruments can also be viewed using the links below.


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