Just curious about a peculiar observation

Pascal_Bochet Pascal_Bochet at brown.edu
Sat May 24 12:14:11 EST 1997

In article <199705240029.TAA16332 at borcim.wustl.edu>, brett at BORCIM.WUSTL.EDU 
>>If you're a molecular biologist, there's a good chance you've experienced
>>this peculiar phenomenon before: you take a 1.5 mL eppedorf tube containing
>>about 100uL of solution (any solution, DNA, DTT, etc...) from a -20 freezer
>>before it has frozen, the solution is clearly in liquid phase, then you
>>flick the tube or you gently shake it, and as if magic by magic, the
>>solution quickly freezes within a fraction of a second, making you wait 5
>>minutes for the now frozen tube to thaw.
>>Nobody I've met so far can explain it. Can any of you?
>It was already cold enough to be frozen, it just hadn't crystallized. 
>flicking the tube disturbs the solution enough to begin crystalization and
>wham-o. you now have a frozen tube. happens all the time, but especially 

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Pascal_Bochet at brown.edu

>DTT and ampicillin.
>Brett Lindenbach
>Dept Molecular Microbiology
>Washington University School of Medicine
>St Louis, MO
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>named extinction" - Pixies

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