Select Page

FACS Virtual Lab

FACS

Time to complete course: 35 min.

Get Started Now

In the Fluorescence-automated Cell Sorting (FACS) Simulation, you will learn the basics of flow cytometry and find out how to use a flow cytometer with fluorescence detection.

About the FACS Virtual Lab Simulation

Fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) is a specialized type of flow cytometry. It provides a method for sorting a heterogeneous mixture of cells one at a time, based on the specific light scattering and fluorescent characteristics of each cell. It provides fast, objective, and quantitative recording of fluorescent signals from individual cells, as well as physical separation of cells of particular interest.

Learn about FACS

Using the light scattering, FACS can detect cell size and complexity, while the fluorescence characteristics allow researchers to analyze different biological functions or study specific cell components. As a flow cytometry technique, FACS is also based on three main systems: fluidics, optics, and electronics. Their combined work allows the process of cell sorting.

Use your FACS knowledge to sort GFP

In the FACS simulation, you will learn the basics of flow cytometry and find out how to use a flow cytometer with fluorescence detection. Your goal is to sort a pool of Escherichia coli expressing Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) at different levels after it has been previously engineered. You will set up the equipment, learn how the cytometer sorts the cells, interpret your results, and clean and shut down the equipment.

Will you be able to perform all the steps correctly and sort the cells depending on their GFP expression level?

Techniques In Lab

  • Flow cytometry

Learning Objectives

At the end of this simulation, you will be able to…

  • Understand the basics of flow cytometry technique
  • Understand the importance of each system that the technique relies on (fluidics, optics, and electronics)
  • Use a cell sorter (start up, sorting, and shut down of the equipment)
  • Understand how the equipment performs the measurements
  • Interpret the results and understand the applications of the technique

Screenshots of FACS Virtual Lab Simulation

Collaborators

How it works

A million dollar lab in your browser

You can now perform advanced experiments to achieve core science learning outcomes. Theory and practise is connected in a novel way, and all you need is a computer/laptop and a browser!

Our simulations run even on older laptops and computers, and you will be able to play our simulations without having to install any browser plugins.

See detailed minimum requirements here.

100s of hours of science learning content

Explore many different science topics at your pace and difficulty level.

Our virtual laboratory simulations are aimed at university, college and high school level, within fields such as Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics and many more.

With unlimited access to more than 60 different full simulations, you will have hundreds of hours of fun, innovative and high quality learning content available to you.

Study faster with the best award-winning science education tool

Learn anytime, anywhere.

Learn anytime, anywhere.

Labster is a 24/7 state-of-the-art virtual lab at your disposal. Study and learn at your own pace from anywhere.

Money back guarantee.

Money back guarantee.

Unlimited access to your own million dollar laboratory for just $19 per month. Full money back guarantee for your first paid month.

A million dollar lab on your laptop.

A million dollar lab on your laptop.

Turn your laptop into a lab-top with unlimited access to Labster’s fast-growing, immersive blended-learning experience. We offer 60+ simulations.

Subscribe to Labster today

Trusted and used by top universities globally

What students think about Labster:

"A very innovative, immersive learning experience. It allows you to be more confident before going to the real laboratory. It's mind-blowing!"

Alice

Alice

Student Ambassador at Exeter Uni

"A great way to learn, because it can be very hard if you are just taught the theory - here you can try it yourself."

Ellie

Ellie

Student Ambassador at Exeter Uni

"More people should know about this! Some students don't really like science and this tool is amazing to get students passionate about science by making it fun and easy to learn."

Lucy

Lucy

Student Ambassador at Exeter Uni

FAQ

Frequently Asked Quesions

I'm using Labster as part of my course. Do I need to buy a subscription?

If you are enrolled in a class and instructed by your teacher to use Labster, please make sure you use the sign-up information that has been provided by your teacher. Otherwise, your they will not be able to follow your progress and achievements, and you may need to purchase a license twice.

How many simulations will I get access to?

You will get unlimited access to all our simulations. We release new simulations nearly every month, and you can always see an overview of all our simulations in our simulation catalog.

When will my account renew?

Your subscription will renew automatically each month after the free trial is over, unless you have made a single simulation purchase.

How can I cancel my subscription?

If you want to cancel your subscription, just write an email to support@labster.com stating your email account and that you want to cancel your subscription.

What are the minimum requirements for my computer?

You can find an overview of the minimum requirements here.

Explore Other Virtual Lab Simulations

Warning: You may already have access

x
It appears that you are from an institution which already has a license agreement with us. If Labster is a requirement for your course, please visit this page (https://help.labster.com/student-access-and-guide) for further instructions. Please note that all activity and scores will not be reported to your instructor if you sign up here. If you have any questions please contact us at support@labster.com.

Already logged in

x
It appears that you are already logged in to your Labster account.
Would you like to go to your course overview to access your simulations? Go to My Course Dashboard Proceed to Trial Signup

Pin It on Pinterest