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Policies

Data Management

Data transfer from instruments is the user’s responsibility.

The use of external drives (external hard drive, USB, etc.) is prohibited on facility computers. However, the facility provides a web-storage program at Cytobank for all users. Cytobank is a safe way to manage, search, backup, share and analyze your FCS files over the web.

A central back-up for data generated in the facility is also performed monthly for permanent archiving by the Flow Cytometry Facility staff.

Some fees might be applied if you are requesting the facility to retrieve data on this permanent archive.

Biohazard

All users must follow BSL-2 guidelines. No food or drinks are allowed in this room, and good laboratory practices must be followed. This means using personal protection equipment (gloves – available in the facility – lab coat), red containers for waste, and wiping down the work area after finishing. This applies to all users whether or not the samples are BSL-2, as the rooms can have multiple users at once. The proper cleaning of the analyzer is also required.

Failure to follow these guidelines can result in access being revoked.

Services and Fees

Price list FY 2014 for autonomous users:

  • Canto II Special Order (10 colors) $25/h
  • Aria II SORP in Bio-Safety cabinet (self usage) $60/h
  • Cancellation less than 24 hours: Full price (unless somebody ends up using your time)
  • Cancellation more than 24 hours: No charge

Rates are set to match those determined by the UT Southwestern Flow Cytometry Facility.

Core Personnel Support Services

  • Experimental design
  • Protocol development
  • Instrument operation
  • Data analysis
  • Graphical production

Please contact the facility for more information.

Clinical Flow (Full Services)

The facility can provide full services for your study: experiment design, protocol development, samples staining, instrument operation and data analysis. This is particularly valuable for clinical flow when all steps must be standardized and equipment or personnel need certifications. Please contact the facility for more information.