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When will Cryonics be Possible?

When will Cryonics be Possible?
August 11
20:38 2016

If you don’t know what cryonics is, you have probably seen it in movies. Remember when Austin Powers visited his frozen clone in a cryonic chamber? Or when a similar concept was explored in Star Wars when Han Solo is frozen in carbonite?

Cryonics is “the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure.”

There are several institutes dedicated to this science.

“The Cryonics Institute provides complete human cryogenic suspension services also known as cryonics. We provide long-term storage and security for members at our cryonics facility in Clinton Township, MI. We specialize in full-body cryo-preservation of humans and pets, DNA & tissue storage as well as cryonics outreach and public education about the cutting edge science we are engaged in. Members are afforded the opportunity to be preserved at cryogenic temperatures in hopes that future medical technology may be able to someday revive and restore them to full health,” according to the CI website.

The cost is anywhere from $28,000 to store a whole body at the Cryonics Institute or as much as $200,000 at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. This is much more expensive than the alternatives of cremation or burial vault.

So can we really cheat death? It seems like an easy enough concept, right?

As the video above explains, Cryonics is a bit more complicated. In order to bring the human body back to life, there a three important steps.

  1. The effects of being frozen for years has to be cured.

The cooling process has yet to be perfected, since it takes a tremendously long time. During this time, more cells will degenerate. Not to mention, organs tend to fraction when cooled.

  1. The body needs to be cured for the reason of its death.

Again, a lot easier said than done. The brain would still be damaged and not all fatal diseases, etc will be cured in the future.

  1. Then the body needs to be brought back to life.

If this was so easy, hospitals would be a happier place.

As you can see there are still quite a few problems to be solved before cryonics becomes a way to cheat death. But, there is some promising potential for the science to be applied for more practical life-saving uses, like preserving organs.


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