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Clone an experiment to make a copy for your own use

Background 

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 colleagues share 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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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 Illustration Editor to open the experiment. Navigate to Actions > Clone or access the Clone tab from the View summary page. 

 In addition, you can use keyboard hotkeys by pressing "C" to open the cloning menu. 

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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 Clone menu there are two checkboxes that give different sharing access: 

  • Link to clone to this 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 clone to this 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. 

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Select components to include in your clone 

The Cytobank cloning panel allows flexibility as to 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 in the Clone 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. 

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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. 

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(click to expand - all cloning options) 

From the Split files by populations option, you can either select ungated to export all events from the files, or export particular subsets from the populations in the pop-up window. You can get more detailed information on the Split files by populations in this article.  

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