X-Message-Number: 13217
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 14:51:20 -0500
From: Saul Kent <>
Subject: Reversible Cryopreservation

        Doug Skrecky wrote:

         >>> It seems to this crystal ball gazer that with 
reversible cryopreservation the primary application would be 
with transplant organs. Cryonics would be an interesting side line.

        My assumption is that reversible cryopreservation of
organs, such as kidneys and hearts, for transplant will come
before reversible cryopreservation of the brain, and certainly be-
fore reversible whole-body cryopreservation.

        In fact, I expect that the combination of reversible
cryopreservation of organs and other body parts (which 21st
Century Medicine is working on) and improved methods of
preventing the rejection of these parts by transplant recipients 
(which companies such as BioTransplant are working on) will 
make transplantation the fastest growing field in medicine 
within the next 5-to-10 years.

        I agree that cryonics will be a "side line" by com-
parison with transplant medicine, but that cryonics will be-
come increasingly popular, in part because of advances in 
transplant medicine and anti-aging medicine.

---Saul Kent

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