The Man Who Freezes Living Cells
June 14, 2008
Norio Owada keeps things in his freezer that normally don‘t freeze well, like cream cakes and fish. When visitors stop by his lab, he reaches into one of his freezers and pulls out a cake lowered to 25 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Once it thaws, it looks and tastes as good as new.
Owada has achieved an amazing feat. About a decade ago he developed an invention called the cells alive system. Owada has eliminated cellular harm from the freezing process.
It works like a microwave oven in reverse. Inside the freezer the object being frozen is zapped with a strong magnetic field. The field keeps the water molecules in liquid form while their temperature drops. When the field is switched off, the object is instantly frozen, without time for the formation of ice crystals. These crystals normally rip apart organic cells.
This keeps frozen food tasting remarkably fresh, but Owada also wants to save lives by shipping another kind of meat: organs. Forty-seven researchers are experimenting with Owada‘s technology as a method of preserving human organs for transplant. Owada predicts that the first defrosted organ transplant could happen within a decade.