So you came back- ?! In short order I will introduce you to another room in the museum that few see- at least few see and talk about it later-
This room is reminiscent of a science introduced in the 1970's (and '80's) (see http://www.alcor.org/ ) when it was popularized that one might be frozen for some period of time and then thawed and reanimated. By the way the word is Cryos and it is from the Greek root for icy-cold- Anyway I digress- People loved to hear about this technology because it offered a way to escape such things as disease and time. A kind of frozen Fountain-Of-Youth if you will. Just this week I heard a patron ask specifically if the museum kept frozen humans anywhere on the premises. In truth there are humans on the premises and there are ways to freeze them but the two concepts have not been mixed............................. yet.
There is a room in the- let's say basement, where there are large stainless-steel storage vessels- each the size of a large catelope shaped freezer. Inside of these vessels are kept tissue samples for a growing number of organisms and representatives of the animal kingdom- These samples are a savings account of DNA- A place from where DNA samples can be obtained time and time again and for many decades. This type of containment is known as cyrogenic storage and is not to be confused with cryonic storage ( see again-http://www.alcor.org/).
I find it quite interesting that so many people are interested enough in the science of freezing people that they ask about it; and I find it even more interesting that I myself wondered, for a moment, if there were human heads frozen in those vessels. Perhaps a pervasive fear of our own mortality is keeping up hope for such things?
See you soon for the next room which can be best described as - Whatever doesn't eat you makes you stronger.'