Let’s talk about Suspended Animation
Could Cryonics and Human Hibernation be our keys to the future?
A lot of people would probably balk at the idea of freezing themselves in the hopes of being resurrected in the future. The idea almost seems comical, like something you’d see in, say, a Woody Allen movie. Depicted as the stuff of science fiction, suspended animation is frequently portrayed in hollywood and in print in the form of space-travelers floating lifeless in a chamber filled with liquid, with tubes jutting out from various parts of their body. Given the prevailing imagery, it comes as no surprise that people view it as a far-fetched idea.
Medical science might be more optimistic about the idea, though.
Cryonics: not just for mad scientists anymore
Cryonics, the science of low-temperature preservation of humans for their eventual re-animation, is quickly burgeoning into a high-tech and well established field. With the advent of specialized solutions known as cryoprotectants that prevent tissue damaging ice crystals from forming in the predominantly water-filled cellular environment, and with techniques in donated organ vitrification and storage becoming increasingly advanced, the prospect of being revived from freezing temperatures could soon become as innocuous and commonplace as the thought of being saved from a heart attack or stroke. Indeed as a small proof of principle, rats have even been saved from clinical death caused by 0 degree temperatures as early as 1955 by Dr. James Lovelock with the use of microwave diathermy, and dogs have been saved from similar conditions in more recent times.