At the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, research samples collected by the Swedish Medical University for decades were damaged. The school launched an internal investigation and contacted the police.
The cause of the incident was that during the Christmas holidays, the freezer, where valuable research was stored, failed, The Guardian reports.
On December 22-23, a failure occurred in the supply of liquid nitrogen to 16 cryogenic tanks. Nitrogen did not reach them for five days, which affected research samples collected by several institutes. In particular, there were studies on leukemia.
The estimated amount of damages may reach 500 million crowns (over 34 million dollars).
According to Karolinska Institutet South Campus Dean Matti Sellberg, an official count has not yet been conducted.
“Leukemia research was the most affected, these samples were collected from patients for 30 years”he said.
As Sellberg notes, the research samples were intended only for study, so patient treatment will not be affected by their loss.
“These are samples that have been the subject of long-term study. There were also plans for further research.”he adds.
It will be recalled that scientists invented a new way to save patients with a severe form of leukemia.
Anna Stopenko, UP. Life
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