Chinese researchers successfully revive human brain frozen for 18 months

2024-05-23 09:18:16Global Times Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

In a stunning scientific feat in the field of cryonics, a team from Fudan University in Shanghai achieved a monumental breakthrough by successfully reviving a human brain that had been frozen for as long as 18 months. This record breaking achievement not only shatters previous records in cryogenic technology but has also been published in the esteemed academic journal Cell Reports.

The team led by Shao Zhicheng created a revolutionary cryopreservation method, dubbed MEDY, which preserves the structural integrity and functionality of neural cells, allowing for the preservation of various brain tissues and human brain specimens. This advancement holds immense promise not only for research into neurological disorders but also opens up possibilities for the future of human cryopreservation technology.

Professor Joao Pedro Magalhaes from the University of Birmingham K expressed profound astonishment at the development, hailing the technology's ability to prevent cell death and help preserve neural functionality as nothing short of miraculous. He speculated that in the future, terminally ill patients could be cryopreserved, awaiting cures that may emerge, while astronauts could be frozen for interstellar travel, awakening in distant galaxies.

The news has sparked fervent discussions on social media platforms, with many netizens drawing parallels to the concepts depicted in Chinese writer Liu Cixin's science fiction The Three-Body Problem. Interest in the feasibility of future human cryopreservation technology has surged, with individuals expressing a willingness to participate in human trials, eagerly anticipating awakening in a new era within robotic bodies.

"Now we just need a probe that travels at 1-percent speed of light, and can operate for thousands, millions of years on its own power while avoiding space debris, to reach the fleet of ships that's most of the way here already, as Three-Body Problem has illustrated," one netizen posted.

As the boundaries of possibility continue to expand, the realm of cryonics stands on the precipice of a profound transformation, offering glimpses into a future where the line between science fiction and reality grows increasingly blurred. Questions have also emerged as the boundaries expand: Will all the information and memory be indestructibly preserved too? Or, do we really have soul?


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