X-Message-Number: 12236
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 1999 12:19:37 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: reply to George Smith

In Message #12234 "George Smith" <> wrote:
> Doug, do you know what they were looking for with this study? I thought this
> territory was covered in great detail in the 1950s.   Sometimes I wonder
> about what is going on out there.  Do they do studies without checking the
> literature?  This is science?
  I  have found the references listed at the end of research reports to be
a rich source of leads to previous work  on the same topic. However there
are exceptions, and it does seem that some researchers are unaware
of some previous research related to their field. Cryobiology is no
exception to this, and I believe this has hampered progress in this field
significantly. For example cryoprotectant toxicity is still something of a
black art full of mysteries. I'm still finding old reports on  this topic
which contain information that I was not previously aware of. As you might
know it is toxicity that is the primary barrier blocking the
implimentation of vitrification solutions. 
  I'm doing my best behind the scenes to try to unearth anything that
might be useful in this area, and am communicating this information to
interested parties. Hopefully this problem will be solved soon.

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