NPR logo

Cryonics

Only Available in Archive Formats.
Cryonics

Cryonics

Cryonics

Only Available in Archive Formats.


Guest:

Larry Thompson
* Former medical writer for the Washington Post
* Spokesman, National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

A Florida judge may be asked to settle a family feud over the remains of baseball legend Ted Williams. His daughter, Bobby-Jo Ferrell, prefers that the body be cremated and the ashes scattered over the Florida Keys, as set forth in his will. Ferrell has accused her half-brother, John Henry Williams, of moving the remains from a Florida funeral home to an Arizona croyonics facility. He wants the body frozen in hopes of harvesting and possibly selling the DNA. As the drama plays out, guest host Doug Fabrizio talks to Larry Thompson of the National Human Genome Research Institute to find out what cryonics is — and what it can and can't do.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.