Giant metal tubs that look like brewers’ kegs use the power of liquid or vaporized nitrogen to maintain a steady, frozen state for important specimens. Credit: A. Holt/NIST

Staying Chill, Even When Disaster Strikes

How NIST’s Cryogenic Teams Protect Invaluable Specimens

By: Alison Gillespie, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST Public Affairs Office

Learn more about the NIST Biorepository and the unique samples stored there.
Preparing a sample for long term cryogenic storage at NIST Charleston demands two sets of gloves and a lot of patience. Credit: A. Holt/NIST
Scientists working in a “clean room” at the NIST lab in Charleston carefully prepare specimens for long-term cryogenic storage. Credit: A. Holt/NIST

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