Can you freeze your body and come back to life? - Shannon N. Tessier
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1) Protect endangered species from extinction and preserve biodiversity.
-Please visit the Cryo-initiative at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute here.
2) Find better ways to protect important crops, improve food distribution systems, and reduce food waste.
-In the US, there are several field repositories that maintain living collections of important crops as well as facilities that employ short- and long-term preservation methods.
-The National Center for Home Food Preservation provides information and methods to preserve home food to reduce food waste that enters landfills.
3) Improve the supply chain that gets living therapeutics to a patient safely (e.g. vaccines, cell therapies, organs for transplant, blood for transfusion, etc.)
-Visit the PAHO/WHO Cold Chain Resource Center to learn about the immunization cold chain.
-To learn more about cryopreservation for in vitro fertilization (IVF), read this paper from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
-To learn more about how blood goes from donation to transfusion, including the ways blood components are stored, visit the American Red Cross website here.
-To learn more about how organs for transplant are transported, dig into this article from the University of Minnesota.
Many news outlets have covered Cryonics as well. Explore a few of them here:
-VICE News: Frozen Faith: Cryonics and The Quest to Cheat Death
-VCE: The Frozen-Undead: Ethical Implications of Suspended Animation and Cryonics
-BBC News: What are the ethics of cryonic preservation?
-BBC News: What does cryopreservation do to human bodies?
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