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Whoever said preserved brains from the 1890s were of no use, except as hors d'oeuvres for the zombies in the coming apocalypse, was apparently wrong. As Scientific American's Virginia Hughes reports, researchers are extracting DNA from the Indiana Medical History Museum's collection of preserved autopsied brains to study the genetic causes of mental illness. "Until the late 1960s the museum was the pathology department of the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane.

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