Reflection: Rules and Consequences Cryopreservation - Developing Fertility Preservation Options for Cancer Survivors - Section 1: Introduction


Nothing puts the lab safety training provided to the average high school student to the test quite like the handling of liquid nitrogen. Students just love this stuff, perhaps more than dry ice, and simply become giddy when it is in their view let alone within their reach. Therefore, I spend a considerable amount of time discussing the importance of our safety before beginning this lab. Below are just a few of the resources I utilize with my students when discussing the proper handling of liquid nitrogen:

- Posting of additional laboratory safety signage (Sign 1 and Sign 2).

- Requiring the signing of a Liability Waiver by student as well as parent or guardian.

- Additional lab safety presentation focused specifically on the proper handling of liquid nitrogen.

I have never personally had a negative incident occur when using liquid nitrogen in my laboratory classroom and therefore I believe my approach to educating student on the importance of safety when handing liquid nitrogen has some merit.  Communicating to all stakeholders the importance of taking this particular lab material seriously and acting responsibly is an absolutely MUST! 

  Rules and Consequences: Putting Lab Safety Training to the Test - Handling Liquid Nitrogen
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Cryopreservation - Developing Fertility Preservation Options for Cancer Survivors

Unit 7: Advanced Techniques in Biotechnology
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: This cryopreservation lab is designed to teach students a cutting edge research procedure in the emerging field of Oncofertility and to explore how it can be used to preserve the fertility in female cancer patients.

Big Idea: Addressing unmet medical needs is the foundation of innovation and ingenuity in biotechnology.

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