Survival Of The Sickest : The Surprising Connections Between Disease And Longevity

1058 WordsSep 9, 20155 Pages
Biology, more specifically evolution, is the reason why I find science so interesting. Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity was right up my alley, and one of the most thought-provoking books I have ever read. It was also very different from most books I read, since non-fiction books are usually not my first choice. However, I am very happy that this book was a part of the summer assignment not only because I enjoyed it, but also because how it will help me in my study of AP Biology this year. One of the ideas talked about in this book that I found most fascinating was the section named “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Temperature Go Down.” The idea of cryonics has always intrigued me, ever since I saw it in the Austin Powers movie series. When reading about baseball legend Ted Williams and the process he went through to become physically frozen, my hopes were high that maybe, just maybe, one day that this idea would become a reality. However, the book immediately shuts down all hopes, proving that this science will never be possible. Human bodies will never be able to be reanimated from a “true deep freeze” stage. When human bodies are frozen, our capillaries in a way similar “to the way a pipe bursts when the water’s left on in an unheated house” (Moalem 35). However, human bodies can still endure some cold. There are various natural defense systems that protect us from completely freezing. The first defense system is one that
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