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It is critical to prepare for your statistical analysis at the beginning of the experimental design process. This will ensure the correct data is extracted, the proper test applied, and that sufficient replicates are obtained so that if an effect is to be found, it will be found. Here are five considerations to implement into your experimental design to ensure the best statistical methods so that your data stands up to review.

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Fluorescence compensation is not possible without proper controls, so it is critical to spend the time and effort to generate high-quality controls in the preparation of an experiment. For a compensation control to be considered “good” or “proper”, each compensation control must be as bright as or brighter than the experimental stain, autofluorescence should be the same for the positive and negative populations used for the compensation calculation in each channel, and the fluorophore used must be the exact fluorophore (i.e. same molecular structure) that is used in the experimental sample.

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