Live brain donation helps scientific research

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Genette Hofmann donated a small piece of her brain to science last month in Seattle, United States.

The 57 year old woman discovered she needed an operation after her surgeon found the trigger for the epileptic seizures which have disrupted her life for 30 years.

To get there, he teased out a small piece of healthy tissue, the size of a lima bean, and with her blessing quickly sent it to some researchers, who were eager to study brain cells while they were still alive.

“Because of the nature…

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