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Sixty seconds on . . . cryopreservation

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6280 (Published 22 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6280
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

I thought this was sci-fi fantasy

So did we. Many scientists say that marketing life after death by freezing bodies is downright exploitation and should be banned. But a landmark legal ruling last week propelled cryogenics into the limelight after a 14 year old girl became the first British child to have her body frozen after dying from cancer.1

So what’s involved?

After a doctor pronounces a person dead they are cooled rapidly with iced water. The Cryonics Institute near Detroit (www.cryonics.org), one of …

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