Cryogenics

Kindall Carter

What is cryogenics?

Cryogenics is not technically freezing, at least not with water. Vitrification is the process of adding chemicals called cryoprotectants to cells in order for them to be preserved at very low temperatures (-120 degrees Celcius or more) without the formation of ice. It is possible to vitrify organs as large as a human brain, preserving the structure without freezing.

Why is Cryogenics Important?

Cryonics is mostly used to preserve the parts of the brain that contain memories and personal identity. It's for people beyond the help of today's medical technology can be preserved for centuries until future medical technology can restore their health. To me, unless a person hasn't lived a full life, being preserved for decades doesn't sound like it would be enjoyable once revived.

History of Cryonics

The first case of someone being cryopreserved was in 1967, but research had been done since before 1947 by French biologist Jean Rostand.

Ethical Concerns

So far, there is no technology for the long-term preservation of life. Even the technology now has not been proven to work.

Relation to Other Areas of Science

Cryonics revolves around life. It includes the study of organisms in their natural habitat, like Ecology.

The Future

The technology and medicine we have now isn't enough to heal patients with a termial disease or cancer, but hopefully in the future, if the process of cryopreservation works, patients that have been preserved can be restored to their full health.

Sources

Wowk, Brian. "Ethics of Non-ideal Cryonics Cases." Ethics of Non-ideal Cryonics Cases. N.p., Fall 2006. Web. 08 Sept. 2015.


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"History/Timeline." Cryonics Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Sept. 2015.