USA_SCI_CRY_08_xs .Cryonics: Dr Avi Ben-Abraham, of Trans Time Inc., a cryonics company of Oakland, California. Cryonics is a speculative life support technology that seeks to preserve human life in a state that will be viable and treatable by future medicine. Cryonics involves freezing whole human bodies, organs or pet cats & dogs, in liquid nitrogen (tank in background) to await a future thaw. Cryonicists claim that medical science in the future may offer a cure for cancer or the restoration of youth, and that their methods of preservation might offer some people an opportunity to benefit from these advances. Conventional cryobiology methods for freezing organs (for organ transplants, for example) are plagued by problems of intracellular ice crystal formation, which destroys their component cells. Dr. Ben Abraham is reading ?the Prospect of Immortality? and is wearing a bracelet that identifies him as a cryonic patient should he be found dead. MODEL RELEASED 1987.