Stability of mercury concentrations in frozen avian blood samples.

@article{VarianRamos2011StabilityOM,
  title={Stability of mercury concentrations in frozen avian blood samples.},
  author={Claire W. Varian-Ramos and Anne M. Condon and Kelly Kristen Hallinger and Kjarstin A Carlson-Drexler and Daniel Aaron Cristol},
  journal={Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology},
  year={2011},
  volume={86 2},
  pages={
          159-62
        }
}
It is unclear whether mercury concentration in wildlife tissues changes appreciably after lengthy frozen storage. To test whether such freezer-archived samples are stable, small (~10-50 μL) avian blood samples stored in capped glass capillary tubes were analyzed for total mercury concentration, and then reanalyzed after being frozen for up to 3 years. Mercury concentrations increased 6% on average over the 3 year period, but time spent frozen explained only 11% of the variation between… CONTINUE READING
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