Cryonics Controversy: Cryogenically Freezing Humans Give False Hope? 14-Year-Old Cancer-Stricken Girl’s Dying Wish To Be Frozen Cryogenically Sparks Criticisms

By Joshua Williams, Parent Herald November 22, 07:43 pm
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Science has done wonders — be it a cure or an innovation. The extraordinary difference it had created in human lives is exceptional. However, it is sometimes argued, especially when it comes to the progress and development new technologies such as the process of cryogenically freezing humans.

Now, the biggest question is — how far should science go? Scientific methods are often a matter of hot discussion and recently Cryonics had been under a lot of criticism and controversy.

According to The Guardian, scientists are not very sure about the controversial science of freezing human body. In fact, they suppressed any kind of research and any inquisition on cryonics. Scientists fear that they might get excluded and their professional life would be affected deeply.

Criticisms on cryonics openly came out when a 14-year-old girl who had cancer made a dying wish to be preserved in the cryonics institute. The girl had hope that technology might be able to find a cure and the frozen bodies might have a chance to live again.

Unfortunately, the girl's father strongly opposed the process of cryogenically freezing humans. He even openly accused the cryobiologists that they are giving people "false hopes" because they can never assure him if there' chance that the process could bring her daughter's life back again. Thus, the father believes they are just exploiting the people who are emotionally vulnerable.

As reported by Daily Mail, cryobiologist Roman Risco explained that cryonics is not giving "false hopes" neither is it useless. Risco explained cryopreservation of damaged organs and tumors is done in order to look for a cure and it is not unlikely that in the future, the frozen bodies may come to life.

Meanwhile, professor Andres Sandberg of Oxford university declares that scientific methods that are dependent on huge funding and long-term experimentation are strictly harmful to a scientist's career. Sandberg stresses that linking a field to future limits its authenticity.

Clive Coen, a neuroscientist at King's college London, also proposed that cryonics should be banned, saying the very idea of preservation of bodies is "insane." However, the people and groups who see hope in cryonics are even ready to help voluntarily and quite keenly look for a future where a cure for the frozen bodies will be found.

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