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Cellular memory is the controversial theory that such things as memories, habits, interests, and tastes may somehow be stored in all the cells of our bodies, and not only in the brain. The suggestion arose following a number of organ transplants in which the recipient unexpectedly developed the memories and interests of the donor. One of the largest studies into this effect, entitled Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors and published in the Spring 2002 issue of the Journal of Near-Death Studies, cites cases in which the recipient "inherited" a love for classical music, a change of sexual orientation, changes in diet and vocabulary, and in one case even identified the donor's murderer.
Claire Sylvia, A Change of Heart, Little Brown & Co., 1997. ISBN 0316821497. The story of a female dancer who developed a taste for fast food, beer, and women after receiving the heart of a motorcyclist.
Dr Paul Pearsall et al, The Heart's Code, Broadway Books, ISBN 0767999428. A study by a doctor.
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