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.

Opening cermony for our new freezer

Blue heart = OK.
Blue heart = OK.
Alexandra Tylec, Monica Hellberg and Nils Lindefors.
Alexandra Tylec, Monica Hellberg and Nils Lindefors.

Our new Thermo Scientific Formas 88000 series freezer entered service yesterday with Prof Nils Lindefors cutting the red ribbon. The freezer now contains DNA of about 1500 individuals treated with internetbased-CBT and to a lesser extent RNA and plasma.