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Wed, Mar. 9th, 2005, 05:18 am

Here is an interesting excerpt taken from an article posted in the Arizona Daily Star. It can be found in its entirety here.

"For most of her life, the young woman hated sports.

And though she was born and raised in Tucson, she never liked Mexican food. She craved Italian and was a pasta junkie.

But three years ago, all that changed for Jaime Sherman, 28, when she underwent a heart transplant at University Medical Center, after battling a heart defect since birth.

"Now I love football, baseball, basketball. You name it, I follow it," said Sherman, a psychology student at Arizona State University. "And Mexican food is by far my favorite."

She'd heard similar stories - of people who get donor hearts, develop new and surprising tastes and traits, then trace them to the donor. It's an eerie phenomenon that has triggered controversy and skepticism.

Could it be happening to her?"

This poses some interesting questions. Although the instances are rare it has been documented that they happen. What would happen if an organ required was grown inside a lab? Or more specifically grown on another animal? Would it then be possible to adapt to the animal's tastes or dislikes? It seems humorous but I am quite serious. This brings me an idea for a short story...

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

Arthur Schopenhauer

German philosopher (1788 - 1860)

Sun, Aug. 28th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)

Neale Donald Walsch suggests in his books "Conversations with God" that our minds exist in all the space in between all the matter in our bodies. And that because there are more cells/oxygen in our brains than anywhere else, that's why it feels as if our mind is there. If his theory is correct, this would expain why some part of John gets passed on to Jane when she receives one of his kidneys. Not to mention what of ourselves is contained in our DNA!

People have gotten tissue transplants from animals, namely pigs, I believe. Any reported experiences there?