Clone an experiment to make a copy for your own use


If you want to make a copy of an experiment in Cytobank, you can do this through a process we call "cloning". You might want to clone an experiment if a colleague has shared an experiment with you and you don’t want to permanently change their configurations, or if you simply want to save time performing iterations of your own experiment analysis.

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  1. Navigate to the cloning menu
  2. Set sharing options for the clone
  3. Select components to include in your clone

Navigate to the cloning menu

From the Experiment Manager, click on the experiment you want to clone, then navigate to the Expanded Detail View, click on Working illustration to open the experiment. Hover over the "Cloning" section under the "Actions" dropdown menu on the Experiment navigation bar. You can also click the "Clone" button on the experiment level navigation bar. In addition, you can utilize our keyboard hotkeys by pressing "C" to open the cloning menu.


(split files by population is covered in a separate article)

Set sharing options for the clone

You can choose to either propagate the sharing options from the original experiment when cloning or keep the experiment private. Within the "Sharing" section of the cloning menu there are two checkboxes that give different sharing access:

  • Clone individual user access: full access users specifically added as collaborators on the original experiment via the sharing dialog box will have full access to the cloned experiment as well
  • Clone project membership: project level access will propagate to the cloned experiment as well. This is checked by default.
  • Link to originating experiment (checked by default):

When this button is checked, the clone will be linked to the current experiment. Clone project membership will be automatically checked if this box is checked.   

If you change owners of the clone, ‘Link to originating experiment’ will be unchecked.      

Please see the linked experiment support article for details regarding experiment linking.

In addition, users have the ability to choose whether or not the Principal Investigator has full experiment access.



Select components to include in your clone

Cytobank's cloning panel allows flexibility in which components of an experiment you include in your clone. If you want to copy everything you can to your clone, click on the "Select all (Full clone)" button underneath the "Cloning options" section. This will check all the cloning options and will create a new Experiment that is an exact copy of the first for all files, gates, compensations, scale settings, illustrations, etc. The Experiment title will contain the word (Clone) at the end. Note that advanced analyses (SPADE, viSNE, etc) will not transfer to the clone.



select only certain components of the experiment to clone. Use the FCS files panel to choose specific files or select only files, and use the check boxes to select gates, compensations, sample tags, attachments, etc. Note that certain components are required to be cloned together (e.g. gates and compensations); Cytobank will handle this automatically for you.


(click to expand - all cloning options)



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