X-Message-Number: 15546
Date: Sat, 3 Feb 2001 16:26:30 EST
Subject: Joe Blow

Wakfer challenged me about my statement that, while he said the 66% 
"viability" of rat brain slices by the K/Na criterion was an average over all 
the cells in the sample, his main man had said it was for each individual 

I told him the information came from himself (Wakfer), and reminded him that 
the man didn't want to be named in public. Wakfer said to call him Joe Blow, 
but he insisted I find the document.

O.K., I have found it. I think Wakfer published it also on Cryonet, but the 
document I have in hand at the moment was sent to a long list of people, 
including the editor of The Immortalist, and was dated 1/11/01. The subject 
line was "Hippocampal Slice Cryopreservation Project Status." The passage in 
question reads:

"On the other hand, we believe that 66% recovery implies 66% recovery of the 
function of each individual cell, rather than the loss of 34% of the cells 
with full recovery of the remaining 66%." (He didn't mention the third 
possibility, which is almost certainly the correct one, viz., that the 66% is 
an average over all the cells in the sample, with variance unknown or 
unspecified, which I believe Wakfer also thinks.)

It's not a huge deal. Joe Blow was just a trifle careless at the moment. I 
wouldn't rub his nose in it, or Wakfer's, except for Wakfer's non-stop 
pretentiousness and double standards.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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