Once the realm of schlocky sci-fi, brain preservation is getting real.
Neuroscientists are pursuing new methods for preserving brains for future revival. They're being spurred on by visions of post-humans and a cash prize that's now well over $100,000.
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Someone always seems to be hot on the trail of human immortality, but this time the competitors aren't elusive billionnaires or Baseball Hall of Fame inductees. The neuroscientists vying for the Brain Preservation Foundation's Tech Prize have impressive credentials and come to the table with published research.
Their approach is also the opposite of existing cryonic human-preservation services.
The Foundation challenges neuroscientists to start with an effective animal model. The longterm goal: Rigorously demonstrate a surgical technique that can completely - and inexpensively - preserve a whole human brain for more than 100 years in a way that keeps neuronal processes and synaptic connections intact. Plus, you must use current electron microscopic imaging techniques.