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Slow-frozen People? Latest Research Supports Possibility Of Cyropreservations

In Slow-frozen People? Latest Research Supports Possibility Of Cyropreservation, ScieneDaily reports on research that suggests that it may be possible to cryopreserve animals (including humans) without formation of damaging ice crystals.

If so, the principal implications would be a) reversible cryonic suspension of the terminally ill (in the expectation that the patient's condition would not be terminal from the perspective of future medical technology, b) "suspended animation" for long-distance time/space travel (for that trip to the other side of the Galaxy, or into the 24th Century,) and c) indefinite storage of tissues and organs.

It would be a socioculturally disruptive technology.

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