Forget prestige cars, yachts and private jets. After Tuesday, U.K. business executives, sports stars, celebrities and anyone else with approximately $62,000 to spare will be able to freeze a backup of their adult selves for potential use decades later.
Claiming to be a world first, the service has been developed by Sceil, part of Cellectis, a French genome technology company on the Euronext stock market.
Launched in Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore and the U.S. two months ago, it involves taking cells from a small sample of the skin under local anaesthetic at a dermatologist, shipping them to Sceil’s laboratories and “rebooting” them into induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells.
These are frozen at -180C and stored to potentially repair damaged organs, rebuild tissue and fight disease in the future. (Handout/AP)