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What's In Your Fridge?

HOLD YOUR NOSE George Preti of Monell Chemical Senses Center has been collecting samples of human odor for a long time.

HOLD YOUR NOSE George Preti of Monell Chemical Senses Center has been collecting samples of human odor for a long time.

The late chemical ecologist John Daly showing a visitor in 2006 what probably is the most important collection of amphibian toxins

WAY COOL TOXIN LIBRARY The late chemical ecologist John Daly showing a visitor to his NIH lab in 2006 what probably is the world's most important collection of amphibian toxins.

Refrigerators tell you a lot about their owners. They also tell you a lot about a laboratory in which the appliances reside. That’s why I always love seeing what’s inside the fridge, or freezer, when I visit a laboratory for a story I am writing. My last raid on a scientist’s freezer was last month during a visit to Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia for an article that will appear in the October 12 issue of C&EN. During the visit, I had the pleasure, albeit a seriously malodorous one, of peering inside a freezer in the laboratory of George Preti, who studies the nature of human odor. One of his goals is to eke medically valuable information from people’s personal perfumes. The picture I took of Preti’s fridge reminded me of another fridge photo opp that I grabbed a few years ago, that one in the lab of the late chemical ecologist and amphibian toxin researcher John Daly of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/84/8426sci1.html). And now I invite you to send me your own photos of the contents of your laboratory fridges and freezers. Please send them my way (i_amato@acs.org) with a description of what’s inside and the scientific pursuits that those contents support. I’m betting I can eke a story out of what comes into my inbox.

8 Comments

  • Sep 30th 200913:09
    by Rick

    There is a pun in here about petri dishes. I don’t know what it is, exactly, but I’m hereby staking out intellectual property rights. I will confer with the guy next door.

  • Sep 30th 200914:09
    by Ivan

    What you have in mind, Rick, doesn’t get pettier.

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    Sep 30th 200914:09
    by Boing Boing

    Fridge full of BO…

    Aaron sez, “George Preti has a fridge full of human body odor samples. John Daly of the National Institute of Diabetes had a refrigerator packed to the gills with amphibian toxins. Ivan Amato, a C&EN editor and avid photographer, is collecting photos…

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  • Sep 30th 200917:09
    by Leeroy Glinchy

    I worked next to Dr. Preti’s lab. He’s a really nice guy. Great, anti-PC sense of humor. He’s very kind, and he operates a very diverse and hard working lab. He really loves his job; he’s always smiling. Great research, too.

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  • Oct 1st 200907:10
    by Vipin

    I have like thousands of rotten things from vegetables to eggs and i am leaving that for my..land lord for the nightmares he has shown me !

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