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Human cryonics matters because it has the potential to allow people to be preserved at the cellular level and revived in the future. This could potentially allow humans to be resurrected after death. There are many research breakthroughs that still need to be made.

Cryopreservation, or the process of freezing cells, has been used for years by medical laboratories to preserve animal cells, human embryos, and even some organized tissues. However, it is not currently possible to revive large animals or organs from a frozen state. Large vitrified organs tend to develop fractures during cooling, and without cryoprotectants, cell shrinkage and high salt concentrations during freezing usually prevent frozen cells from functioning again after thawing. Ice crystals can also disrupt connections between cells that are necessary for organs to function.

Cryonicists argue that, as long as brain structure remains intact, it is possible to recover its information content. Cryonics proponents go further than the mainstream consensus in saying that the brain does not have to be continuously active to survive or retain memory. Cryonics controversially states that a human survives even within an inactive brain that has been badly damaged, provided that original encoding of memory and personality can, in theory, be adequately inferred and reconstituted from what structure remains.

Cryonics uses temperatures below −130 °C, called cryopreservation, in an attempt to preserve enough brain information to permit the future revival of the cryopreserved person. Cryopreservation may be accomplished by freezing, freezing with cryoprotectant to reduce ice damage, or by vitrification to avoid ice damage. Even using the best methods, cryopreservation of whole bodies or brains is very damaging and irreversible with current technology.

Cryonics advocates hold that in the future the use of some kind of presently-nonexistent nanotechnology may be able to help bring the dead back to life and treat the diseases which killed them. Mind uploading has also been proposed.

Cryopreservation science involves using extremely low temperatures to halt biological processes without causing freezing damage. This technique incorporates cryoprotective agents, akin to medical-grade antifreeze, to minimize ice crystal formation.

Key Achievements:


Mammal Brain Preservation:


Mammal Organ Cryopreservation:


C. elegans Memory Retention Post-Cryopreservation:


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“We initiated CryoDAO with the aim of increasing funding for research in cryopreservation. The interest in this area is at an all-time high, yet the research activity remains insufficient. Even modest funding could lead to substantial advancements, like developing new cryoprotective agents to lower toxicity, or formulating varied cryoprotection protocols for ischemic conditions. The goal of CryoDAO is to support research projects in cryopreservation that are likely to significantly enhance its quality and effectiveness.”





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