Re: Cryonics and organ donation

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Fri Apr 07 2000 - 21:25:56 MDT

At 04:16 PM 7/04/00 -0400, Robert B. wrote:

>If you are going to have *mandated* organ donations, then the estate
>(or frozen head) of the patient should be compensated for that (since
>presumably you aren't *really* dead yet) as while you are, "on ice"
>so to speak, someone has borrowed the use of your organs. When
>you are reanimated, can you request that they be returned?

It's hard to estimate timelines for this, but with the rapidly moving work
on stem cells etc, and the first-draft genome now finished by Celera,
growing and replacing `borrowed' organs shouldn't be as much trouble as
rejoining a severed head. It seems to me that the main issue is whether
gutting a corpse prior to freezing would (1) interfere with preservation
protocols, and/or (2) require the body to be held for too long at
temperatures that are merely chilly but not chilly enough for later

We kinda assume that we're looking for renovation as well as resuscitation
post mortem, so popping in some self-cloned organs in 20 years shouldn't be
a problem. And if nanomedicine does its Moore's law thing, all this could
be moot anyway. And in the Spike happens around the same time as
cryo-resurrection day, it's more than moot. And... Combinatorial explosion.


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