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Russian firm will freeze your brain when you die

By T.K. Randall
January 16, 2020 · Comment icon 10 comments

Would you have your body frozen upon death if given the opportunity ? Image Credit: US Navy
Looking for a way to cheat death? This firm will freeze your mortal remains in a vat of liquid nitrogen... for a fee.
Known as KrioRus, the company, which is situated just outside the Russian capital Moscow, currently has around 71 'patients' who have volunteered to have either their brain or their whole body frozen in the hope that science will eventually discover a way to bring them back to life.

To prevent the bodies from deteriorating, they are stored at a cool -196 degrees Celsius.

One customer - Alexei Voronenkov - has already had his 70-year-old mother's remains frozen upon her death and plans to become a resident at the facility when he eventually dies as well.

"I did this because we were very close and I think it is the only chance for us to meet in the future," he said. "I hope one day it reaches a level when we can produce artificial bodies and organs to create an artificial body where my mother's brain can be integrated."
It currently costs Russian customers $36,000 to freeze a body and $15,000 to preserve just the brain, however the firm's services are also available to foreign customers at a slightly increased cost.

But is there really a chance that a frozen brain could one day be brought back to life ?

Some scientists have heavily criticized KrioRus and other company's like it for taking people's money despite there being no evidence to suggest that it will ever be possible to revive them.

Evgeny Alexandrov, who is head of the Russian Academy of Sciences's Pseudoscience Commission, described the cryonics industry as "an exclusively commercial undertaking that does not have any scientific basis" and said that the whole premise "is a fantasy speculating on people's hopes of resurrection from the dead and dreams of eternal life."

With many more people queuing up to be frozen however, it seems that - fantasy or not - the possibility of being brought back to life far in the future is too tantalizing to pass up.

Source: New York Post | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by moonman 4 years ago
This has been around for decades. I don't think it will lead anywhere. The freezing ruptures all your cells and turns them to mush, I don't see any way back from that, even with radically advanced tech. It's like turning apple sauce back into an apple. A way better idea - save some DNA for a clone and hope they figure out how to make backups of the human brain to put into said clone. Either way, immortality is a horrible idea. Can you imagine what would happen to the planet and it's resources if people stopped dying but kept being born?
Comment icon #2 Posted by jbondo 4 years ago
I've heard too many horror stories from they cryo companies. Former employees who've admitted misuse and monitoring failure. Typically the head is what's saved, there are power failures where they thaw, lack of maintenance and some employees have claimed that they used frozen human heads as soccer balls. Few workers believe any of it will work, so they don't take it seriously. Not to mention, a company like that is probably betting that the tech to reanimate is wayyy off, which makes them not so concerned about taking care of things.. It's more of a scam than anything IMO. If I get a chance, I... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
With respect, why would these companies want to bring back to life or use the body or parts of a 70 year old?  Obviously at this moment the customers fee  is handy, but the remains of a dead 70 year old is not going to be an interest for them or anyone else in the future.  
Comment icon #4 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Wasn't this a trend like 20 years ago? Rich guys freezing their remains?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Desertrat56 4 years ago
Wasn't there an incident with a California company going belly up and leaving frozen bodies in a warehouse?  Or was that in a movie?  I know it was in a movie - Late For Dinner - but I thought there was a news story too.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
There was a myth about Walt Disney being on ice (no pun intended) years ago.   I can get my brain frozen just by eating ice cream. And apparently, so can cats...      
Comment icon #7 Posted by freetoroam 4 years ago
Rich old people freezing their remains and young people becoming rich  off the fees. What a way to make money quick out of dead people!   Lets weigh up some fees. A standard funeral is currently far cheaper.  
Comment icon #8 Posted by razman 4 years ago
Let alone trust a company from Russia?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Aardvark-DK 4 years ago
I guess my X wife have used them already...
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
They freeze them with krokodile drugs ?

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