Activity in Mammalian Peripheral Nerves during Supercooling

Science  02 Jul 1965:
Vol. 149, Issue 3679, pp. 74-75
DOI: 10.1126/science.149.3679.74


Excised peripheral nerves from several species of mammals from interior Alaska continue to operate when supercooled to temperatures as low as -6°C. In some nerves, spontaneous freezing begins before activity ceases. If the nerves are not allowved to remain in a partially or completely frozen state for a prolonged period they will regain their activity when rewarmed.