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Scientists studying brains of altruistic kidney donors who give organs to strangers

from CBS News

There were more than 20,000 kidney transplants in the United States last year, with some cases involving donors providing organs to complete strangers. "It really is an extraordinary form of altruism in a lot of ways," said professor Abigail Marsh of Georgetown University. Marsh is studying the brains of these altruistic donors to find out if they have specific brain functions that make them more generous. Marsh claims she can see an enlarged portion of the brain that is associated with altruism when examining scanned images. more


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