Monday, September 08, 2003
"Abby-someone. Abby Normal."
Well, I could've told you this: Harvard faces shortage of "normal" brains. (In their brain bank, not in their faculty and student body; or at least, the article only addresses the brain bank.) Apparently people who donate brains (post-mortem, of course) usually send them the "diseased" ones (and I'm quoting from the article, so don't yell at me for being politically incorrect): the ones with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and the like. But they (Harvard, not the brains) also need so-called "normal" onesboth to compare and contrast, and also to see if the brains of people who, in life, didn't exhibit abnormal brain symptoms, have the potential for abnormalities, which would indicate things like the age of onset of various diseases and possible ways to screen for them.
I'm not saying it's not a problem for the researchers; I just find the headline very amusing. "Harvard faces a shortage of 'normal' brains. Of course! No normal person wants to go there..."
(Me? Yale '97, Trumbull College. And Harvard, in the immortal words of the Yale Precision Marching Band, sucks dead goats.)
[ at 10:47 AM • by Abby • permalink • ]