Can You Cryogenically Freeze Your Body and Come Back to Life?

When you die, there are a lot of things you can do with your dead body–embalm it, cremate it, donate it to science (the list goes on…), but some people will choose to have their dead bodies, or body parts, frozen until the technology of the future has (hopefully) advanced enough to bring them back to life. This week on Reactions, we break down the chemistry of cryogenic freezing and if it’s realistic to think we could ever reanimate a frozen corpse.


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Producer: Elaine Seward

Writer: Samantha Jones, Ph.D.

Scientific Consultants: Leila Duman, Ph.D. Michelle Boucher, Ph.D., Joe Schwarcz, Ph.D., Michael Swain, Ph.D., David H. Gorski, M.D./Ph.D., João Pedro de Magalhaes, Ph.D., David Sherwood, Ph.D.

Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson

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AXS – Dark Alley
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William Tell Overture

General cryopreservation principles

Corpse cryopreservation and forensics

The church of cryopreservation

The false science of cryonics

The case for cryonics

Euthanasia and cryothanasia

Cryopreservation and its clinical applications

Cryopreservation: An emerging paradigm change

Fish antifreeze protein and the freezing and recrystallization of ice.

Antifreeze and ice nucleator proteins in terrestrial arthropods.

Cryoprotectant Toxicity: Facts, Issues, and Questions

Scientific justification for cryonics

Cryopreserving mammalian cells

Persistence of Long-Term Memory in Vitrified and Revived Caenorhabditis elegans

An Interneuronal Chemoreceptor Required for Olfactory Imprinting in C. elegans

Maintenance of C. elegans

Expression of Ice-Binding Proteins in Caenorhabditis elegans Improves the Survival Rate upon Cold Shock and during Freezing

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