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May 18, 2014

DNA Time Capsule

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From The Green Head:

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Cryogenically freezing your body after death probably won't bring you back in the future and it's obviously super expensive, but you can store and preserve your DNA for over a hundred years inside this cool new DNA Time Capsule. If humans, asteroids, supernova, supervolcanoes, or something worse doesn't destroy the planet in the next hundred years, it's very possible that your perfectly preserved DNA — your genetic fingerprint — inside this little capsule can be used to clone your body (with upgrades) so you can sort of live again, let family remember you in a more unique way than a jar of ashes, be used as the missing key in some utterly disturbing future biotech breakthrough, or maybe for something incredible that is yet to be discovered.

To use, it requires a blood sample which is then stored inside the triple-sealed time capsule using a synthetic chemical matrix that stabilizes DNA at room temperature. This innovative matrix formulation is based on the natural principles of anhydrobiosis — AKA Life Without Water — and should keep the blood sample preserved for up to 100 years. It's not quite as effective as the legendary carbon-freezing technique employed at Cloud City on planet Bespin but here on Earth, it's good enough for now.  

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From Hammacher Schlemmer's website:

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This patented triple-sealed time capsule securely stores your genetic fingerprint for use by future generations. Preserving one's DNA in the present enables future scientific advances to reveal any predispositions to disease — currently undetectable by today's methods — a family's genetic makeup may bear. Dispensing with the need for long-term refrigerated storage in a lab, a chemical matrix of dissolvable compounds stabilizes DNA within a blood sample at room temperature (blood provides a higher quality and quantity of DNA than samples taken from cheek swabs), preserving the sample for over 100 years. A blood sample can be taken at your preferred medical facility or using the included kit. Once a sample is secured within the capsule, it can be stored within a home or bank lock box for decades until one's progeny submits it for genetic analysis.

4"H x 3-1/2" diameter.

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$299.95 (blood not included).

May 18, 2014 at 12:01 AM | Permalink


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