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Andrew49
24-08-2010, 06:45 PM
Sister Adrienne Schmidt has found a way to give beyond the grave: She will donate her brain to science. First, though, she is exercising it in an annual battery of memory tests administered by researchers at Chicago's Rush University. Schmidt, 82, repeats two-digit numbers, then three, four, five, six and seven digits. She names as many animals as she can in a minute. She listens to a 30-second story about a school cafeteria cook who is robbed of $56. Half an hour later, she must repeat as many details as she can. When the time comes, Schmidt's brain will join hundreds of other brains (850) in 38 cooling units in a laboratory at the school's medical center. The research depends on elderly volunteers, many of whom are members of Catholic religious orders, who agree to annual tests detailing the state of their memory as age.

LA Times - Full Story (http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug/22/nation/la-na-nuns-brains-20100822)

Well I hope some good comes out of this; I'd be a slight bit worried if any of the donated brains were from members of Irish Religious Orders !