Can human bodies really be cryogenically frozen?

It’s a story that has all the makings of a good science-fiction thriller – intrigue, an explosive romantic breakdown and frozen-body snatching – only, it’s true. This week, a bitter corporate dispute between a former wife and husband in Moscow, Russia, descended into the absurdwhen the aggrieved former wife seized the frozen bodies and detached brains of people who had paid epic sums of money to be cryogenically frozen at the pair’s dedicated cryopreservation facility.

Police intercepted the icy cargo not long after the truck left the facility, but Valeria Udalova reportedly insists she’s the legitimate owner of the remains. The company, KrioRus, holds the remains of thirty people who have been cryopreserved, at a whopping cost of around $48,000 per body.

Cryopreservation: science fact or science fiction?

But can cryopreservation actually work? Peter Tsolakides, founder and director of Southern Cryonics, believes it could.

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