Prolonging Life - From Reel to Real?
The 2014 epic science fiction film Interstellar showed astronauts go into “cryo sleep” and waking up many hundred years later to travel across the universe. We use cryo-preservation in labs regularly to store human cell lines and use them for a long duration for our experiments. These two ideas bring the question, “How far is science reality from science fiction?” Hypothetically, even if we can prolong human life, do we risk the rise of neurodegenerative disorders? In this demonstration, we would like to show our audience how easily we freeze and thaw human cell lines regularly in our labs. And we want to spark interesting discussions about the utility of this approach for biomedical research, including its pros and cons.