JUL 21, 2016 6:48 AM PDT

Brains On Ice Live Forever?

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

Death is a scary event, but perhaps less so for the people who believe in cryonics - the process of cryopreserving the brain (or body) until medicine and technology can revive them again. It sounds like epic science fiction tales, but cryopreservation is real. In 1967, the first man to be cryopreserved was James Bedford, who strategically left money in his will for a steel capsule and liquid nitrogen for the process. Since then, about 250 more people have been cryopreserved in the US, and the list of consented individuals who plan to be cryopreserved is up to 1,500.

For people who plan on having their body (or just their brain) submerged in -320 degrees Fahrenheit (-196 degrees Celsius) after they die, the options for providers are slim. Worldwide, there are only four cryonics centers, three of which happen to be in the US. The process costs, at minimum, $25,000. But that may be a bargain price to pay for the chance at immortality. It should be noted though, that no cryopreserved souls have been brought back to life, as of yet.
About the Author
I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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