Saturday, December 30, 2006

Immortality Institute conference presentation: Brian Wowk

Low temperature suspended animation without freezing is referred to as vitrification. This is a fascinating 26 minute video detailing a method of cryopreservation that prevents cellular damage from expanding ice crystals.

This process will be first utilised for preserving organs for long-term storage before transplantation, once early problems are worked out. Eventually animals will be successfully vitrified using this technique. When such animal vitrification and de-vitrification is routinely successful, humans will be next.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Exploring Life Extension--A Film by the Immortality Institute

This one hour and 45 minute film explores cryonics (cryogenics), caloric restriction, transhumanism, and other scientific pursuits of extreme life extension.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

TED 2006 Conference Presentation: Aubrey de Grey

Here is a presentation by Aubrey de Grey at the TED 2006 Conference. De Grey's SENS organisation recently received a grant of $3.5 million from Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel.

De Grey is certainly not a conventional tie and labcoat type of scientist. But he may be exactly what is needed to shake longevity research out of its doldrums.

Presentation by Aubrey de Grey at the Technology Entertainment Design (TED) Conference 2006.

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