Guide to Filters for Cell Products

Our filters are key features that empower scientists to quickly focus their search for cell products from millions of figures and products in our database to help them design better, more successful experiments.

If there are any types of filters that will help make your search easier and help define your experimental context, please let us know at support@benchsci.com!

How to apply filters

  1. Simply type in search criteria into the search bar alongside your target protein/gene to incorporate them into your search (ex. p53,  western blot)
    • More information about how to build more complex searches in the search bar can be found here!
  2. Click the filter on the left side to add it to your search criteria (you will see it update in the search bar)
    • Some filters include an option to Exclude certain selections (ex. if you want to exclude a particular Species of Origin)
    • Some filters also include checkboxes to include more than one selection at a time
    • Note: The order in which the filters are presented here may not necessarily reflect how they appear on the platform, as some users may see an alternative recommended filter view

Search logic on the platform

  • During your search, you may want to start combining filters of different types (e.g. Application, Organism Tested...) or multiple instances of the same filter (e.g. Application: Western Blot, Immunohistochemistry)
  • The search logic on BenchSci—that is the use of AND, OR between search terms—aims to be intuitive
    • Search logic is described below under each filter type!

Filter type: Application

  • This filter allows you to narrow down your results based on what type of experiment the product may be used in
    • Based on vendor recommendations or how it has been used in experimental applications in publications
  • Selections include: western blot, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, knockdown etc.
    • You can also search with common abbreviations/aliases like WB, IF, IHC or flow in the search bar
  • Search logic for multiple selections
    • Product results: AND (all products must have been used with that context for all selections)
    • Figure results: OR (all figure results must contain at least one of the selections)

Filter type: Figure Usage Data

  • These filters help narrow down your search results based on how the product was used in literature
  • Search logic for multiple selections
    • Product results: AND (all products must have been used with that context for all selections)
    • Figure results: OR (all figure results must contain at least one of the selections)

DescriptionExample
Organism Tested
Model or organism in which the experiment was conducted or from which cells or tissues were obtained

This filter also shows a list of aliases/synonyms (ex. homo sapiens will be grouped under human)
Human
Mouse
Drosophila

Tissue Used
Type of tissue that experiments using the product were performed in
Liver
Lung
Cell Type Used
Cell type that experiments using the product were performed in
Epithelial
Neuron
Cell Line Used
Specific names of cell lines that experiments using the product were performed in
HEK293
HeLa cells
Disease
Disease context that experiments using the product were associated with
Breast cancer
Chronic kidney disease

Filter type: Supplier

  • These filters narrow down the results based on information about the vendors themselves
  • Hover over a selection when you open a filter to add Exclude to remove vendors from your search
  • Search logic for multiple selections (Company): OR (the product or figure results need to match at least one of the companies)

Description
Availability
This filter will hide discontinued or unavailable products—the default option is that all products will be shown
Company
The vendor that sells the product. You can choose preferred vendors, or exclude vendors you want to avoid

Filter type: Cell Product Specs

  • These filters narrow down the results based on product information that is provided by the vendor
  • Hover over a selection when you open the filter to add Exclude to remove certain results from your search
  • Search logic for multiple selections for both product and figure results
    • AND: Culture Properties
    • OR: Cell Product Type, Cell Line Name, Species of Origin, Cell Type of Origin, Tissue of Origin, Disease of Origin, Biosafety Level, Selectable Marker

DescriptionExample
Cell Product Type
What kind of cells are these—particularly useful information for how the cells are used
Cell Line
Primary Cell
Cell Line Name
Names of cell lines specific by vendors
HEK293
HeLa
Species of Origin
Species that the cell product is from. These are currently eukaryotic only
Mouse
Human
Cell Type of Origin
The physiological type of cell that the cell product originates from  
Fibroblast
Epithelial cells
Tissue of Origin
The physiological type of tissue that the cell product originates from
Bone marrow
Skin
Disease of Origin
Can apply this filter if the cell product is associated with a disease
Chronic myeloid leukemia
Parkinson's disease
Gene Expression
Vendor-provided gene expression information — can refer to gene knockout, knockdown, and over-expression
HLA-A (all, overexpression, knockdown, knockout)

EGFR (all, overexpression, knockdown, knockout)
Biosafety Level
Vendor-specific biosafety level (BSL) of the cells
BSL1
BSL2
Selectable Marker
A cell line/product may have been designed to include a gene that allows them to be selected in culture (usually with an antibiotic)
Puromycin
Penicillin
Culture Properties
Vendor specifications about properties of the cells, that inform how they should are cultured
Adherent cells
Suspension cells
Mycoplasma Tested
If you only want to show cell products that have tested negative for Mycoplasma (a common bacterial contaminant found in research labs that affect cell culture)