"FACS"

Howard Shapiro 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.

-Howard




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