In case you've lost count, there are now 11 bodies frozen in the United States with hopes of being thawed out and brought back to life -- just as soon as scientists figure out how.
That's down from a high of 40 people placed in post-mortem cryonic suspension during the '60s and '70s. Unfortunately, some of them ran out of money and "had to be thawed," according to Arthur Quaife, president of Trans Time, a freezing company in Emeryville, Calif. In some cases, family members didn't want to continue paying "ongoing liquid nitrogen costs," he says.
Today, people with $80,000 and great faith in medical science can have themselves frozen and their blood replaced by, well, organic antifreeze at one of six locations -- four in California, one in Michigan, one in Florida. At Trans Time, $20,000 is used for the original freezing costs; the rest is invested, and the interest is supposed to cover maintenance of the body.
Quaife is among 60 people who have made the necessary legal and financial arrangements with Trans Time, where five of the already-frozen are located.
"We're optimists," Quaife says. "We believe science will continue to advance . . . What we are preserving is the information that describes the individual."
The idea is that once science finds a cure for what killed the people -- cancer or heart disease, for example -- they can be thawed out, treated and brought back to life. CAPTION: Picture, Technicians at California Trans Time prepare a dead body to be placed in cryonic suspension in hopes of reviving it in the future. Copyright (c) Trans Time; reprinted with permission.