Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS)

A FACS machine, or cell sorter, is very similar to a classical flow cytometer. In addition to analyzing cells that travel inside a capillary through laser beams, a cell sorter can separate single cells from within the cell sample to either a tube, or various cell culture plates right after the analysis.

Cell sorting can be used to generate cell lines, enrich transfected or transduced cells, or for further analysis (e.g. single cell sequencing).