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Cryonics Ethics



In a Healthline article by Carolyn Abate, Ryan Holmes, assistant director of Health Care Ethics, discusses some of the ethical concerns behind cryonics, the act of freezing a body after death with the intention of reviving it once scientific discovery enables us to do so.

“I can understand why people are interested,” said Holmes. “It seems overly hopeful and that for me is the hardest ethics part. This wouldn’t even qualify as a phase 1 trial. This falls into the category of experimental treatment.” Holmes also added that there are no gaurantees about quality of life, even if a frozen body is successfully revived. “We have no evidence that they’d be who they were in a very meaningful sense,” he said. (AP photo)

Dec 6, 2016

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