In 2012 scientists were handling anthrax when something went badly wrong. They meant to send harmless samples, killed by heat, to nearby Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) labs and others in York and Belfast. But somehow the tubes got mixed up. Instead of sending out dead material, the anthrax they sent was live and dangerous.
A Bristol hospital has been trialling the Cryogatt Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tagging System, a unique cryo identification system, in its pathology laboratory for the past three months. The laboratory has been so impressed with the system’s results that it’s now giving demonstrations to other hospitals and laboratories.