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Flow Cytometry Biosafety

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CYTO U and ISAC present their first online course: Flow Cytometry Biosafety

Authored by Kevin Holmes, Peter Lopez, Steve Perfetto, Hank Pletcher, and Ingrid Schmid, the Flow Cytometry Biosafety Course provides a summary of biosafety principles as they apply to flow cytometry and cell sorting.


Topics covered include:

•    Biosafety Principles and Procedures
•    Overview of Applicable Standards
•    Understanding Risk Assessment
•    Instrument-specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
•    Biosafety in Cell Sorting
•    Containment Testing

This course is free to all ISAC members.  Due to the important health implications of the information in the course, ISAC is also providing it free-of-charge to nonmembers until January 1, 2015.

And, learn more about Flow Cytometry Biosafety in the latest issue of Cytometry Part A!

The launch of the first CYTO U course Flow Cytometry Biosafety course coincides with the publication of ISAC’s Cell Sorter Biosafety Standards in the May 2014 issue of Cytometry A emphasizing both the importance of this topic to our community and how ISAC provides the premier cytometry educational environment to its members and all cytometry users.

Be sure to read the article!

Holmes, K. L., Fontes, B., Hogarth, P., Konz, R., Monard, S., Pletcher, C. H., Wadley, R. B., Schmid, I. and Perfetto, S. P. (2014), International Society for the Advancement of Cytometry cell sorter biosafety standards. Cytometry, 85: 434–453. doi: 10.1002/cyto.a.22454


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