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Cytometry A. 2012 Jun;81(6):523-6. doi: 10.1002/cyto.a.22018. Epub 2012 Jan 25.

FCS 3.1 Implementation guidance.

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  • 1Verity Software House, Topsham, Maine, USA.


The Flow Cytometry Standard (FCS) format was developed back in 1984. Since then, FCS became the standard file format supported by all flow cytometry software and hardware vendors. Over the years, updates were incorporated to adapt to technological advancements in both flow cytometry and computing technologies. However, flexibility in how data may be stored in FCS has led to implementation difficulties for instrument vendors and third party software developers. In this technical note, we are providing implementation guidance and examples related to FCS 3.1, the latest version of the standard. By publishing this text, we intend to prevent potential compatibility issues that could be faced when implementing the FCS spillover and preferred display keywords that have arisen during discussions among some implementers.

Copyright © 2012 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

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