The secret life of scientists: freezers and why we fear them

The freezer hotel on a Saturday: Where is the party?

The freezer hotel on a Saturday: Where is the party?

We have a lot of  DNA, RNA and plasma in our rather new – 86 C freezer. What we do not like is a breakdown of the freezer with thawing of the valuable treasures in the freezer as a result. That is why there is a temperature alarm in the freezer that goes to hospital staff that call or text us if the temperature is rising. So, in the middle of a normal Saturday I had to go check on our freezer since the alarm had indicated high temperature. With a sense of urgency normally only seen in thriller movies I rushed our samples to the spare freezer that will house our things until our freezer is behaving again. Good to know that our backup system works.

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Red heart = problemos.

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The spare freezer for emergencies.