X-Message-Number: 13064
From: Thomas Donaldson <>
Subject: about protein antifreezes and the need for them
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 100 23:57:10 +1100 (EST)


Re: protein antifreezes

We ARE coming close to understanding enough that we could at least
create such an antifreeze. It may not work well at the temperatures
we want to store suspended patients at, however.

Not only that, but even without that idea a lot of progress has been
reached by the lab funded by Saul and Bill and managed by Greg Fahy.
That work looks like it will be successful even without any special
genetic technology. There remains a need for funding: as I understand,
its easy to get funding for freezing or otherwise preserving (Greg
has been working for a long time on means to obtain a glass rather
than crystal freezing) for kidneys or other organs, but doing so
for BRAINS looks to be hard, mainly because cryonicists are the
main set of people interested in that. (There are a relatively small       
number of scientists who are also interested in preserving brain
tissue for study --- and they want it to be LIVING tissue, too).

So you should try to find out about what Greg Fahy is now doing
and maybe even donate some money.

			Best and long long life to all,

				Thomas Donaldson

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