March 13, 2018: A team from 21st Century Medicine has developed a technology that has been published in peer-review and then independently verified to enable near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of a whole, intact, large mammalian brain. This is a truly groundbreaking result and puts the proposition of human medical biostasis as a way to save humans, who otherwise would die, squarely within the realm of what may be possible in the foreseeable future.
This follows recent scientific evidence that long-term memory is not modified by the process of whole organism cryopreservation and revival in simple animal models.
The new breakthrough comes eight years after the Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF) launched the Brain Preservation Prize and today won that very prize.
Left Picture: Vitrified pig brain at -135° Celsius (-211° Fahrenheit) – a temperature at which chemical and biological actively virtually has stopped and storage without any change or degradation is possible for centuries if not millennia.
Right Picture: Previously vitrified brain after rewarming later subjected to extensive electron microscopic examination, showing that near perfect ultrastructure was preserved. Source: 21st Century Medicine / can also be accesses at BPF here.
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