Re: ethical problem? Some kind of problem, anyway...

Eugene Leitl (
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 22:08:28 -0700 (PDT)

Scott Badger writes:

> But I am compelled to comment further:
> Gene Leitl wrote:
> "even if chances of it [cryonics] working are currently small."
> I agree with Jeff Davis who states that reanimation for cryonic suspendees
> is an almost certainty...eventually. It should be added that important
> advances have been made recently in the efficacy of cryoprotectants that
> significantly reduce fracturing thanks to 21st Century Medicine, and further
> advances are on the near horizon.

True, advances has been made, and the development still continues. The main impetus of 21CM's research is not directed towards reducing fracturing though: that can be trivially solved by storing neuros at -130 C, e.g. in a lab freezer. 21CM is working on robust vitrification cum low cryoprotectant toxicity. No available protocol currently utilizes these advances -- please observe the occurance of "currently" in above quote. So if you'd happen to be dying now, that's tough luck. Let's hope things will improve, and quickly.