X-Message-Number: 6720
Date: 09 Aug 96 03:47:55 EDT
From: Paul Wakfer <>
Subject: Prometheus News Release

     The following is a description of the Prometheus Project written in news
release form. Athough it has not been sent to the press yet, this will appear
in the next edition of Life Extension Magazine.

Prometheus Project Aims at Suspended Animation

     Begun in June on CryoCare Forum, a private email list and soon taken to
the open Internet, The Prometheus Project seeks to achieve complete recovery
from cryopreservation of a mammalian brain, and to convincingly demonstrate
this feat to the scientific community, the media, and the public through
papers published in scientific journals. The project scientists believe that
with under a million dollars a year over a 10 year period, they can
reversibly cryopreserve a mammal's brain and show that all memories and other
mental faculties have returned. Since the brain will be cooled to cryogenic
temperatures, such a brain could be stored for centuries without further
deterioration if necessary before recovery is attempted.

     The Project is being promoted by requesting pledges of money for share
purchases in a corporation to be formed to execute the project if sufficient
funding is obtained. No money is being requested or accepted at this time. At
the time of writing (early August), after 8 weeks on the Internet over
$3,000,000.00 has been pledged by 44 pledgers. Once the goal of $1M per year
of pledges for 10 years has been reached the pledgers will be asked to
approve scientific and business plans for the Project before making their
initial share purchases. Then the research will begin.

     If the Project's goal of fully reversible suspended animation of the
brain can be successfully accomplished, it could have an enormous impact on
the practice of medicine. Doctors will have the option of placing the brains
on their terminal patients into suspended animation until future technology
can grow a body for the brain to live in. Since every baby grows a body as it
develops from a single cell, it is clearly just a matter of time until such
regrowth technology is developed. People with incurable and terminal
conditions might well elect such a procedure with the reasonable expectation
that by the time it becomes possible to regrow their bodies, cures will have
been found for their diseases and they can go on to live full healthy lives.
Another major application would be for those who wish to live longer, but
will die of cancer, Alzheimer's or other diseases of old age before current
research has found out how to stop and reverse the aging process.

     For more information or to make a pledge (minimum of $1000 per year for
all 10 years) contact Paul Wakfer at:

Mail address:  1220 E Washington St #24, Colton, CA 92324
     or        238 Davenport Rd #240, Toronto, ON M5R 1J6
Email address: 
Numerical pager: 800-805-2870 (this 800 number also works from Canada)

or access the URL: www.access.digex.net/~kfl/les/cryonet/prometheus.html
(soon to be www.prometheus-project.org)

Watch for additional announcements about the Prometheus Project and for a
schedule of meetings which while be held in major cities during 1997.

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