Re: clever chinese surgeons turn tumor into ball of ice

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Feb 14 2000 - 04:52:25 MST writes:

> In a message dated 2/13/00 21:17:44, Ray Bradbury wrote:
> Another problem with cancer cryotherapy is that cryotherapy
> tends not to kill *all* the cells. A few get lucky during the
> thaw and one cell is all it takes.

Since cancers tend to evolve heavily, this might be a way of
discovering genes useful for cryopreservation. Just freeze a cultured
tumour, unthaw it, let the surviving cells divide, freeze again, and
so on. Eventually you would evolve tumour cells that could deal with
freezing quite well, and you could start looking for the genes
involved. The hard part is to do this in vivo rather than in vitro,
since we want cryoprotectant mechanisms that work on tissues rather
than single cells.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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