Death is a devastating experience to all of us. It always brings us sorrow, grief, and deprivation. So can we prevent death? Can we live an eternal life? These questions haunt human civilizations for thousands of years, yet we don’t have a clear answer. However, with the advancing of the technology, the term “Cryonics” coined a few decades ago lightning the hope of an eternal life. So what is cryonics?
Fundamentals of Cryonics
Cryonics emerges from the word cryogenics. Cryogenics is the science of production and behaviour of materials at very low temperatures. Cryogenics doesn’t have a rigid definition. But the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology defines cryogenics as the science that involves extreme low temperatures (below −180 °C).
Technicians prepare a body for cryopreservation in 1985
Cryonics is the process of preservation of people in low temperature with the hope of resuscitation and restoration to full health which may be possible in the future with the advanced technology. Sounds strange right? So do you think you can go through that deep sleep now and wake up in 2500? Actually, you can’t. Cryonics procedures can only begin after legal death. So there is no regulation to-date to preserve a person while the person is alive even if the person is diagnosed with a fatal illness.
How does Cryonics Work?
The freezing process should start immediately after the death of the patient to prevent potential brain damage. The first step of the process is to bathe the body with cold water. At this point, CPR will be given to prevent brain cells from dying. Then doctors will drain all the blood from the body and inject antifreeze fluid to blood vessels to stop harmful ice crystals forming. Then the body will be transferred to the cryonics laboratory.
At the laboratory, the first step is to put the corpse into an arctic sleeping bag and cool it to -110 °C over several hours with nitrogen gas. Then for two weeks, the body is slowly frozen until it reaches a temperature of -196 °C. Finally, when the body reaches -196 °C, it will be submerged in liquid nitrogen and transfer into a “patient care bay”. In here, the body will rest until the science advances.
Capsules where the corpse reside
Another technique, called neuro cryopreservation, is also available for this process. The difference in here would be only to freeze the detached head. Hopefully, in the future, a new body could be cloned or regenerated for the head to be attached to.
Where to go?
So when you are badly in need of an extension to your life where should you go? There are only handful organizations in the world, which offer cryogenic freezing. Some major players are Cryonics Institute in Michigan, Alcor in Arizona, US and KrioRus in Russia.
Turning in to statistics, there are about 250 bodies which were cryopreserved in the United States. And more than 1,500 people had made arrangements for cryopreservation after their legal death. As for 2016 news, there are 155 brains and bodies resting in the Alcor’s Arizona facility, 138 in Cryonics Institute in Michigan and 56 people and 22 pets in KrioRus. The following links will lead you to the list of patients from each organization.
Alcor – http://alcor.org/cases.html
Cryonics Institute in Michigan – http://www.cryonics.org/ci-landing/patient-details/
KrioRus – http://kriorus.ru/Krionirovannye-lyudi
Cost of the extended life
According to KrioRus, it costs at least $ 28,000 to preserve a body. Fees can change depending on many factors. At the Alcor, they charge staggering $200,000 for whole Body Cryopreservation and $80,000 on neuro cryopreservation. At the Cryonics Institute in Michigan, the fee will be between $28,000 and $35,000.
So if you have a good faith in science and want to be immortal, then Cryonics could be a good option. Something to be considered here is, the “re-animation” process is not yet defined or theorized, so there is a high chance that your efforts go in vain. 200 years ago there were handful people who believed it’s possible to land on the moon. But we did it about five decades ago. So why not Cryonics?
Source From techwire
Author: Vidura Dantanarayana
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