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Are there easy, low cost, ways to freeze personal cell samples for future therapies? And is this a good idea?

by elityre 1 min read9th Jul 20193 comments

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I happened to come across this old post from 2015, that (in a sort of round about way) endorses freezing some cell samples today, because having frozen cell samples from your youth might prove important for future anti-aging therapies.

I am somewhat skeptical of this being a major factor for anti-aging, but I wonder if others have more information.

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Acorn Cryotech, a Toronto startup, does this. They store cells from hair follicles, but I think they're still in the process of launching, so you can only get your cells collected at their office or at certain events attended by their staff. It's $300 CAD upfront and $16/month (i.e. $192/year) thereafter.

Is this a good idea?

I don't know a ton about longevity research (i.e. I've read the Longevity FAQ, the LRI blog, and a few papers here and there), so I wouldn't give my opinion here too much weight. Reviewing the FAQ linked above, it seems reasonable to believe that:

  • a transfusion of blood generated from younger cells would do more good than a transfusion from older cells
  • organs generated from younger cells might last longer, because it would take longer for their cells to become senescent

I expect further developments along these lines. I don't know whether we'll discover methods to reverse cellular aging before we develop practical cell-based longevity therapies.

I'm not going to cryopreserve my stem cells any time soon; I'd prefer to spend my money on charity and freezing my gametes. I think someone with a different budget or different values could reasonably reach a different conclusion.

Bioeden.com might be similar to what you are looking for. They only deal with baby teeth though.