For the first time a person is cryogenically frozen in China
South China Moning Post reports full cryogenic freeze of a human being first performed in China.
Zhan Wenlian became the first Chinese person to be cryogenically frozen. She died from lung cancer at the age of 49.
Gui Jumin decided to freeze wife`s body, hoping that she could return to life as soon as science unravels the mystery of resurrection. He believes that science will one day find a cure for the cancer. «We have to wait until there is a cure for her disease before we wake her up, otherwise there is no point», — said Gui.
Zhan’s body is currently stored in a 2,000-litre tank of liquid nitrogen at a temperature of minus 196°C (384,8° F). The woman was frozen by doctors at the Shandong Yinfeng Life Sciences Research Institute. They were assisted in the 55-hour procedure by specialists from Shandong University’s Qilu Hospital.
According to the Chinese publication, it costs about 2 million yuan (US$300,000) to freeze a body and a further 50,000 yuan a year to pay for top-ups of liquid nitrogen. The bulk of the funding was provided by the Alcor foundation.
«Even though we are able to use technology to freeze people’s bodies, nobody has succeeded in resurrecting one», — told Dr Huang Yonghua. — «In other words, the success of cryogenics cannot be guaranteed. However, it might be possible to extract DNA or other cells from a frozen person, which would make the procedure potentially beneficial for the deceased’s family members», — he said.
At least 300 people, for now, have been cryogenically frozen worldwide. The first frozen man is James Bedford, an american Professor of Psychology. He has been stored for almost 50 years without any signs of change.
Since 2003, Russian Research organization «CryoRus» have frozen 54 people from Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Israel and the Netherlands. It costs US$36,000 and US$12,000 for the brain storage. Some people believe that it is enough to freeze brain to restore the personality. Then you can put it in a new or artificial body.
Besides, you can provide immortality even to your pets. Up to date, 21 pets, including dogs, cats, three birds and a chinchilla are cryogenically frozen.
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