"FACS"

Robert C. Leif, Ph.D. rleif at rleif.com
Wed Aug 5 10:37:41 EST 1998


From: Bob Leif, Ph.D.
To: cyto-inbox

There are 2 very good reasons NOT to use the term FACS. 1) I believe that
FACS belongs to B.D. 2) It stands for Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter. If
the instrument is an analyzer, it is a total misnomer.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Tom Campbell [mailto:tac at isolab.com]
Sent:	Tuesday, August 04, 1998 11:45 AM
To:	Cytometry Mailing List
Subject:	"FACS"


Greetings.  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?
 Thanks

Tom Campbell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Wallac, Inc
Akron, OH





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