Public awareness of cryonics, once dismissed as fringe science at best, has risen in recent years, although widespread acceptance remains a distant concept. The prospect of cheating death through cryogenic freezing in the fond hope of being resuscitated once the requisite technology has been developed evidently holds some appeal: roughly 90 people have submitted their bodies to the process. Referred to as ‘patients’ these individuals are currently chemically frozen, encapsulated in cryogenic dewars (specially designed containers), their deaths suspended indefinitely. Although the prospect of bringing people stored in this state ‘back to life’ would once have been considered outside the realm of possibility, rapid technological advances have brought a measure of credibility to the practice of cryonics. Cryogenic freezing isn’t cheap: full body suspension and storage begins in the $30,000 range, but can be covered by a life insurance policy.

Nor can cryonics be undertaken spontaneously. If you would like to have your body cryogenically stored, you will need to make arrangements well advance. The success of your preservation will rest in large part in minimizing the natural tissue deterioration that begins to occur immediately upon what is conventionally described as death. A cryogenic team will need to be on alert, and the details of your treatment and storage planned, and financed.

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