A type of flow cytometer manufactured and sold by BD Biosciences. This instrument was one of the first mass produced flow cytometers. The FACSCalibur is still prevalent in many labs around the world. While only a four color, six parameter analog system, this machine is stable and rarely requires service. It has gained a reputation as a “work horse” in core facilities.
Recently, companies such as Cytek have begun refurbishing these analog instruments into digital models. This hybrid instrument produces a machine capable of acquiring data digitally, in FCS3.0 format, while still utilizing the reliable fluidics system that the Calibur is known for.
ABOUT TIM BUSHNELL, PHD
Tim Bushnell holds a PhD in Biology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a co-founder of—and didactic mind behind—ExCyte, the world’s leading flow cytometry training company, which organization boasts a veritable library of in-the-lab resources on sequencing, microscopy, and related topics in the life sciences.More Written by Tim Bushnell, PhD