When you die, there are a lot of things you can do with your dead body–embalm it, cremate it, donate it to science (the list goes on…), but some people will choose to have their dead bodies, or body parts, frozen until the technology of the future has (hopefully) advanced enough to bring them back to life. This week on Reactions, we break down the chemistry of cryogenic freezing and if it’s realistic to think we could ever reanimate a frozen corpse.
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Producer: Elaine Seward
Writer: Samantha Jones, Ph.D.
Scientific Consultants: Leila Duman, Ph.D. Michelle Boucher, Ph.D., Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D., Michael Swain, Ph.D., David H. Gorski, M.D./Ph.D., João Pedro de Magalhaes, Ph.D., David Sherwood, Ph.D.
Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson
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William Tell Overture
General cryopreservation principles
Corpse cryopreservation and forensics
The church of cryopreservation
The false science of cryonics
The case for cryonics
Euthanasia and cryothanasia
Cryopreservation and its clinical applications https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5395684/
Cryopreservation: An emerging paradigm change
Fish antifreeze protein and the freezing and recrystallization of ice.
Antifreeze and ice nucleator proteins in terrestrial arthropods.
Cryoprotectant Toxicity: Facts, Issues, and Questions
Scientific justification for cryonics
Cryopreserving mammalian cells
Persistence of Long-Term Memory in Vitrified and Revived Caenorhabditis elegans
An Interneuronal Chemoreceptor Required for Olfactory Imprinting in C. elegans
Maintenance of C. elegans
Expression of Ice-Binding Proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans Improves the Survival Rate upon Cold Shock and during Freezing
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