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Cellular proliferation is a critical component in biological systems. While normal cell proliferation keeps the body functioning, abnormal proliferation (such as in cancer) can be a target for therapy. There are several critical components in developing, validating and optimizing an assay to make these measures using flow cytometry. Knowing the steps to optimize these assays and properly interpret the results will help ensure the best data and best opportunities are pursued.

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Fluorochrome emission is the lifeblood of flow cytometry. The use of in silico tools, like spectral viewers, can save a lot of effort and missed opportunity by allowing for the modeling of excitation and emission profiles in the context of what filters a given instrument is equipped with. Using these tools, it is easy to identify where a new fluorochrome will be measured on an instrument, where a fluorochrome may cause issues with other fluorochromes, and what filters are best for detection. These tools can save a lot of troubleshooting at the beginning of an experiment, and also help provide understanding when issues appear.

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