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                     Alcor News Bulletin
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                 Number 45: November 22, 2005

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                      Authors This Issue:

 Jennifer Chapman [JC], Diane Cremeens [DC], Tanya Jones
 [TJ], Steve Van Sickle [SVS], Website Working Group [WWG].

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 In this issue:

 *   $100,000 Matching Grant for Whole Body
        Vitrification Research
 *   Cryopreservation Cases
 *   Financial Matters
 *   New Whole Body Cryopreservation Procedure
 *   Alcor Performs In-house Sterilization
 *   Dozens of Scientists Go Public with Support for
        Cryonics
 *   Alcor Contributes to Methuselah Foundation
 *   Cryonics Discussed in Major Medical Journal
 *   Media This Month
 *   CryoFeasts Continue
 *   Membership Statistics
 *   Alcor United
 *   Construction Update
 *   Employment Opportunities
 *   Next Board Meeting


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               $100,000 Matching Grant for
             Whole Body Vitrification Research

 A better cryopreservation can be yours. That's why our
 staff, including senior research scientist Sergey Sheleg,
 MD, PhD, is actively working to cryopreserve your intact
 body and brain as perfectly as possible.

 Progress is already underway. Alcor recently upgraded its
 whole body cryopreservation procedure by switching to M22,
 an advanced cryoprotectant capable of vitrifying the brain
 for whole-body members, but parts of the body are still not
 fully vitrified. We need your help to reach the next level.

 We need the help of every one of our members now to achieve
 whole-body vitrification. Until January 31, 2006, every
 dollar donated will be matched up to $100,000 by a generous
 donation from Bina & Martine Rothblatt, Alcor members
 dedicated to rapidly advancing this technology.

 Call now to make your pledge: 877-462-5267 ext. 101

 Or print and fax your pledge form to: 480-922-9027

 Pledge forms are available at this link:
 http://www.alcor.org/Library/pdfs/MatchingGrant.pdf

 When sending donations by mail, include this pledge form or
 simply write "Matching Grant Donation" in the memo field of
 your check:

 Alcor Foundation
 7895 E. Acoma Drive, Suite 110
 Scottsdale, AZ 85260
 Attention: Fundraising Dept.
 [JC]

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                    Cryopreservation Cases

 During the past month, we performed one standby in northern
 California and two cryopreservation procedures. The standby
 was launched for member A-1598, who collapsed in his
 northern California home and fell into a coma. We deployed
 a full transport team, but after several days some of the
 team was called away by an emergency call for member A-1398
 who was admitted to a hospital in New Orleans. Both
 cryopreservations were performed within 48 hours of one
 another. Full details will be in an upcoming issue of
 Cryonics magazine. [TJ]

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                       Financial Matters

 Recent problems regarding reconciliation of the Patient
 Care Trust (PCT) and Comprehensive Member Standby Program
 (CMS) are largely resolved. The PCT has been paid
 everything owed it with the exception of one $10,000
 payment and the recent case for which we are currently
 awaiting insurance payment (as is normal procedure). The
 CMS fund still has an outstanding amount owed it, but this
 should be more than balanced by two uncharged standbys.
 We're still awaiting payment from the PCT for outstanding
 construction invoices, which will allow us to continue
 addressing accounts payable. The chart of accounts has been
 reconfigured to allow easier internal billing of cases, and
 a collections process is underway for those who are over 60
 days past delinquent on membership dues, CMS, and
 subscription payments. Aleetha Castro has the left the
 organization and Alcor is seeking a replacement. We wish
 Aleetha the best in her future endeavors. Questions about
 billing can be sent to [SVS]

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         New Whole Body Cryopreservation Procedure

 Alcor has upgraded its whole body cryopreservation
 procedure for all members currently signed up as whole
 body, as well as for those whole body members who have
 executed an open option contract. Further information and
 micrographs explaining the switch to M22 technology for all
 Alcor cases can be found on our website at:

 http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/newtechnology.html

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           Alcor Performs In-house Sterilization

 We've purchased an ethylene oxide sterilizer and installed
 both it and the vent line needed for safe operation. This
 will enable us to restock our surgical supplies faster
 after cryopreservation cases. [TJ]

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   Dozens of Scientists Go Public with Support for Cryonics

 At the Life Extension Extension Conference in Atlanta,
 Georgia, on Nov. 5, the Immortality Institute unveiled an
 Open Letter signed by 56 scientists, physicians, and
 ethicists endorsing the scientific basis of cryonics. The
 letter is online at:

 http://www.cryoletter.org

 Anyone with a PhD, especially in biology, or MD degree with
 a background in research, who would like to support this
 letter is asked to contact

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         Alcor Contributes to Methuselah Foundation

 Alcor committed to a $2,000 contribution to the Methuselah
 Mouse Prize. This is a very worthy program, generating
 interest in aging research, promoting it through a prize
 program, and directly funding research programs. More
 information can be found at:

 www.mprize.org
 [SVS]

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        Cryonics Discussed in Major Medical Journal

 The current issue of Critical Care, a peer-reviewed journal
 read by 15,000 critical care medicine specialists
 worldwide, contains an article by four ethicists and
 medical specialists on a relatively new form of organ
 donation called Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD). One of
 the authors of the article, entitled "Pro/con ethics
 debate: When is dead really dead?" is former Alcor
 President and cryonics research legend, Mike Darwin. In his
 contribution, Darwin cites Ralph Merkle's "information
 theoretic criterion" for death, and states flat-out that
 almost no patients declared dead today "are in fact truly
 dead by any rigorous scientific criteria." He goes on to
 state that recent advances in organ and brain
 cryopreservation even suggest that it might be possible for
 patients declared dead by DCD criteria to be saved by
 prompt cryopreservation (i.e. cryonics). For better or
 worse, DCD is forcing ethicists to acknowledge what
 cryonicists have asserted for decades: There is a
 difference between legal and biological death. Further
 discussion and a link to the article can be found at

 http://www.alcor.org/Library/html/dcd.htm

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                       Media This Month

 An estimated 25,944 distinct computers visited Alcor's
 website in October. Media participation this month
 includes:

 - Zig Zag Productions: Alcor hosted a visit from the
 producers of this documentary with assistance from Deb
 Johnson of WalshCOMM. The crew plans to film at Alcor early
 next year.

 - Origins of Timeship: Alcor gave permission for several of
 its photos to be included in Stephen Valentine's book about
 Timeship. The book describes the Timeship project and
 touches on how life extension/cryonics evolved over time.
 It is scheduled for release in early 2006.

 - Crime Scene Investigation, New York: Tanya Jones fielded
 a call from a CSI researcher who wanted to understand the
 cryonics process for an upcoming episode. We asked him to
 keep us informed of if/when the episode will air. [JC/WWG]

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                     CryoFeasts Continue

 The Texas CryoFeast (Austin) was held on 11/12 and the
 Canada CryoFeast (Toronto, Ontario) will be held on 12/04.
 Alcor will not be attending these events but is helping
 announce them and providing free giveaways for the guests.
 Alcor is also planning an Arizona CryoFeast in Scottsdale
 for early December. [JC]

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                    Membership Statistics

 Approvals:  11
 Members:   780
 Applicants: 63

 On October 31, 2005, Alcor had 780 members on its Emergency
 Responsibility List. Eleven memberships were approved
 during this month, one membership was reinstated, three
 memberships were cancelled and two members were
 cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of seven
 members this month. We have an average net gain of 6.7
 members per month in 2005, which compares favorably to the
 average net gain of 4.3 members per month last year. At the
 end of this month, Alcor had 63 applicants for membership,
 a net loss of 5 applicants.

 Alcor distributed 152 information packs this month. Our
 average for 2005 has grown to 119 per month, compared to 50
 in 2004. There were 784 subscribers to Alcor News as of the
 last issue. [DC]

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                        Alcor United

 Alcor members have a new forum where they can meet and chat
 with other members. Get to know other cryonics supporters
 in your area by visiting Alcor United:

 www.alcorunited.org

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                     Construction Update

 We are creating the final punch list for the construction
 project, with mostly minor details remaining. Details were
 missed in the construction contract, like the addition of
 data and phone lines in the various spaces, but this work
 is sufficiently minor that it will not impact the end-of-
 month deadline. Also, the bulk liquid nitrogen tank has
 been ordered for delivery. [TJ]

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                  Employment Opportunities

 Have you ever thought about joining the Alcor team? We have
 immediate needs for licensed Paramedics, Emergency Medical
 Technicians, Registered Nurses, Lab Technicians and more to
 join our nationwide Transport Team. Participation would be
 on a contractual basis.

 You'll be given cryonics training that will enable you to
 participate in our patient rescue and transport cases.
 Licensed professionals do not have to be Alcor members to
 work with us. We welcome your expertise and interest. If
 you're interested, send your resume to:



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                      Next Board Meeting

 The next Board meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December
 3, 2005, at 11:00 AM (MST).

 Board meetings are typically held on the first Saturday of
 the month at the Alcor facility (7895 East Acoma Drive in
 Scottsdale, AZ). Members and the public are encouraged to
 attend.

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