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Flow Cytometry is a powerful but complex technology that can be used to explore the heterogenic characteristics of particles in suspension ranging from chromosomes through cells to Protozoa.
...neither the cells nor the apparatus are capable of putting the process of cytometry in motion; the required critical element for that is a human interested in obtaining information about a cell sample...at the most basic level, a cytometer might be considered to be a "black box" with cells as "inputs" and numbers as "outputs"...while some modern cytometers (and some modern users) can obtain the desired results while running unattended in "black box" mode, it is fair to say that most of the applications, and all of the interesting applications, of cytometry call for some understanding and some intellectual effort on the pan of the user...
Shapiro, H.M., 2003. Practical Flow Cytometry: John Wiley & Sons