hms at shapirolab.com
Wed Aug 5 08:54:23 EST 1998
>I am reviewing a paper which uses the term "FACS" to describe
>general flow cytometry protocols. It is my impression that "FACS" is a
>copyrighted term, describing the sorting of cells, but much like "Xeroxed",
>etc., has become a generic term for flow cytometry protocols. Am I right?
> Should this person be allowed to use this term, or should it be changed?
You are right. FACS is Becton-Dickinson's brand name, and a reference to
something like "FACS analysis" in a manuscript should be changed to "flow
cytometry", even if a B-D machine was used.
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