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LONDON, Nov 29 — A landmark British court ruling that a 14-year-old girl who died of cancer should have her body cryogenically frozen has once again put the spotlight on the controversial process known as cryonics.

Britain’s High Court ruled in October that the girl had the right to be cryogenically frozen after her parents disagreed about whether she should undergo the process, the Telegraph reported.

Cryonics is a procedure that preserves the human body at low temperatures after death in the hope it can be revived in the future.

Approval to build a cryonics centre in Australia was granted in late November. Russia is currently the only country outside the United States to host cryonics facilities.

Around 350 people have been cryogenically frozen since the 1960s, including several notable scientists and the baseball legend Ted Williams, according to the Telegraph.

However, the technology to revive someone who has been cryogenically frozen does not exist and there is no proof that it ever will. — Reuters

Cryonics is the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure. — Video screengrabCryonics is the practice or technique of deep-freezing the bodies of those who have died of an incurable disease, in the hope of a future cure. — Video screengrab

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