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Cryopreservation, Cryoprotectant Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Cryopreservation is the process of cooling and storing cells, tissues, or organs at very low temperatures to maintain viability. For example, the technology of cooling and storing cells at a temperature below the freezing point (-196 C) permits high rates of survivability upon thawing. Some people choose to have their bodies cryopreserved when they die in the hopes that someday they can be warmed up and made to live again. A famous example is the Hall of Fame baseball player Ted Williams. This also involves the use of a cryoprotectant which is a chemical component of a freezing solution used in cryopreservation. The purpose of the cryoprotectant is to help protect what is being frozen from freeze damage. The chemical glycerol, for example, is commonly used as a cryoprotectant to protect frozen red blood cells.



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