Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorter

Points To Remember 

  • The fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS) was invented in the late 1960s by Bonner, Sweet, Hulett, Herzenberg and others.
  • Flow cytometry is a method for quantitating  components or structural features of cells primarily by optical means.
  • flow cytometers involve sophisticated fluidics, laser optics, electronic detectors, analog to digital converters and computers.
  • FACS is a valuable tool in clinical immunology to separate and count various cells involved in immune response.