Frozen in time


Those wanting a second shot at life – if and when technology allows it – look to industrial gases for ultra-cold preservation.

According to Alcor Life Extension Foundation, world leader in its field, cryonics is the science of using ultra-cold temperature to preserve human life, with the intent of restoring good health when technology becomes available to do so.

The ultra-cold temperatures are achieved using liquid nitrogen; the liquefied gas preserves the body for however long it will take before the preservation process can be reversed, and the person restored to full health.

More than 100 people have been cryopreserved since the first case in 1967, and more than one thousand people have made legal and financial arrangements for cryonics with one of several organisations, usually by means of affordable life insurance.

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