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Scores sign up for “a second chance at life”

Would you be alarmed at the prospect of waking up in the future and finding Simon Cowell lying next to you? Paying to be deep frozen when you die in the hope you will be brought back to life in the future is the stuff of a thousand science fiction stories, films and TV shows.

However, it's not just a few eccentric American millionaires and celebrities keen to cheat death who are putting their faith in cryonics, the process whereby a body (or in some cases just a head) is suspended in liquid nitrogen to preserve it indefinitely, the aim being that – perhaps several decades from now – technology will be available to revive the individual and restore them to good health.

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