Why You CAN Have a Muse® in Your Lab

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The Muse® Cell Analyzer uses microfluidics and flow cytometric principles to return 3-parameter data from every cell, at sample sizes that permit statistical analysis. Unlike any other flow cytometer, however, any lab user can get results in minutes from the very first experiment – with no assistance or training. Yes, you can do flow cytometry!

Common Concerns About Flow Cytometry-Based Instruments

“It’s too complicated.”

Once you understand what the Muse® can do, we think you’ll use it nearly every day — so we had to make it simple to use. The Muse® assays are optimized to eliminate variation from reagents and fluorophores. This means little or no setup is needed, and analysis of results is largely automated by software modules designed for each type of assay.

“No one in our lab is trained.”

All Muse® assays are already optimized so that little or no adjustment is needed prior to acquisition of cells. Simple, consistent quadrant gating makes it easy for any user to define subpopulations.

“We only have one target, so we just do Westerns.”

While accepted for decades as a standard assay for protein detection, the truth is that Western blotting requires trained personnel, target- and antibody-specific optimization, and can take two days to get results. What’s more, Western blots reduce complex tissues or thousands of cultured cells to a single parameter from complex tissues or thousands of cultured cells, losing all population heterogeneity in the process. The Muse® provides three-parameter data from every cell in a sample.

“We’re not an immunology lab.”

Though we can undoubtedly thank immunologists for the development of flow cytometry into the powerful instrumentation platform that it is today, many other life science and materials disciplines have recognized flow cytometry for its ability to return cell-by-cell data from thousands of cells per sample. A review of the literature shows that Muse is used most often by researchers working in the following disciplines:
  • Cancer
  • Hematology 
  • Immunology 
  • Biochemistry
  • Pharmacology 
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology 
  • Neuroscience
  • Molecular Biology 

“We can’t afford it.”

“Just as you would not expect to have to share your pipets, vortex, refrigerator, or any other tools your lab uses every day, the Muse® is priced to be a fundamental tool for every lab. Click here to be surprised by just how affordable sophisticated cell analysis can be.