03/18/2013 07:46 am ET

Cryonic Preservation After Death: What Does The Science Say? (VIDEO)

It's been said that nothing in this world is certain, except death and taxes. But what if you could freeze your body immediately after death and be revived in the distant future, when medical science has found a cure for your injuries or illness? You'd be able to cheat death (and perhaps your taxes)! Indeed, this is what advocates of the cryonics movement believe--so much so that they are willing to wager a lot of money and their own bodies.

Kim Suozzi was one of those people. She passed away this year, at the tender age of 23, of brain cancer. She chose to have her body frozen in the hopes that one day, she may come back to life.

I spoke to a member of the Cryonics Institute, David Ettinger, to learn more about the process of cryonic preservation. His own father, Robert Ettinger, was called the "father of cryonics," after self-publishing the book "The Prospect of Immortality" in 1962. When Robert died, he was cryonically preserved, as was his wife and their mother. David hopes to one day join his family members suspended in a frozen state when his time comes.

To learn more about cryonics, watch the video above and/or click on the link below to read a full transcript. And don't forget to sound off in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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