by Charles Platt
When we first heard this question we answered it by stating that "Alcor has never collected 'DNA samples' from its cryopatients. Obviously Alcor has no need to collect 'DNA samples,' since a neuropatient already contains billions of DNA molecules." (Alcor News, issue 15, dated August 13th, 2003.)
Apparently the people who asked the question were concerned that Alcor might take samples after legal death without a person's consent, hoping to use the DNA in the future, perhaps for cloning, with a profit motive. We denied this because it is not what we do and we have no interest in doing that.
Subsequently some people pointed out that Alcor has, in fact, obtained four other types of samples:
These procedures have been performed for the following reasons:
We still stand by our statement that Alcor has not and does not collect DNA samples from cryopatients meaning, people who have been declared legally dead and are undergoing, or have completed, the process of cryopreservation.
We must point out once again that such samples would be purposeless since each of our cryopatients already contains billions of DNA molecules.