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Innovative Applications of Flow Cytometry Win U.S. and European Researchers Free Accuri C6 Flow Cytometer(R) Systems
Date:12/8/2009

s, coupled with its state-of-the-art components, resulted in a cytometer that is powerful, robust, compact, easy-to-use and very affordable, at less than one-third the price of current market-leading flow cytometers and one-tenth the operating costs of the market leaders over five years of ownership.

Award winners Dr. Karen M. Orcutt and Dr. Kjell Gundersen of the Department of Marine Science at the University of Southern Mississippi will use their C6 Flow Cytometer System in combination with quantum dot technology to detect the growth physiology of phytoplankton cells to better understand the nitrogen cycle in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Orcutt noted, "This new application of the Accuri C6 cytometer has the potential to be transformative in the way we study microbial cells in ocean systems. Flow cytometry offers researchers the opportunity to explore novel aspects of the molecular biology of organisms in aquatic systems, and since the C6 system is small and portable enough to transport to the site for field work, it is especially valuable for marine science applications."

The European winners, Dr. Alice Vines, Dr. Gethin McBean and Dr. Alfonso Blanco Fernandez of the School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science at University College Dublin in Ireland, plan to use their C6 system for continuous measurement of intracellular calcium concentrations. "We believe the C6 system can help address the challenges researchers have faced in monitoring rapid intracellular calcium concentration changes in mammalian cells," said Dr. Blanco Fernandez. "Calcium concentration regulates a wide range of essential cell functions that affect processes such as nerve conduction and muscle contraction. A major challenge in intracellular calcium analysis has been achieving measurements within the very fast time frame in which concentrations change - in the nervous system, responses occur within nanoseconds. The C6 system allows us to continuously monitor
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