X-Message-Number: 2637
Subject: CRYONICS: animal studies of burr hole drainage question
Date: Thu, 10 Mar 1994 10:44:21 -0500
From: "Perry E. Metzger" <>

 From:   (Stephen Bogner)
> I do have one question, however.  In BPI Tech Brief #4 (Ischemic Injury) 
> there are several references to animal studies, but none are mentioned in BPI
> Tech Brief #3 (Burr Hole Drainage).  It seems that the issues raised in #3 
> could be resolved by an animal study (as could many other cryonics issues).  
> Am I correct in assuming that cryonics is sufficiently controversial that 
> animal studies are not being approved or conducted for ethical reasons?

Actually, the problem is more one of money. BPI, Cryovita, and the
other organizations doing research are interested in the answers to
some questions more than they are to others, and all cryonics research
is funded on a shoestring these days. That means that optimal brain
vitrification technique research, for example, gets the money for
animal studies before money and manpower would be allocated for
questions like the source of burr hole drainage. I would encourage
people interested in seeing these questions answered to find ways they
can help to fund research.


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