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Cellular memory is the unproven hypothesis that such things as memories, habits, interests, and tastes may somehow be stored in all the cells of human bodies, i.e. not only in the brain. The suggestion arose following a number of organ transplants in which the recipient was reported to have developed the memories and interests of the donor.
An article, "Changes in Heart Transplant Recipients That Parallel the Personalities of Their Donors", published in the Spring 2002 issue of the Journal of Near-Death Studies without peer review, sources or evidence, reported anecdotes in which recipients "inherited" a love for classical music, a change of sexual orientation, changes in diet and vocabulary, and in one case an identification of the donor's murderer.
The academic organ transplant community rejects this notion as pseudoscientific and absurd, as it has never been demonstrated in a scientific manner. There is also the fear that such notions may hinder organ donation.
Portrayals in the media
In The Eye, Jessica Alba
- Examples of cellular memory
- Memory distortion in decision making
- American Psychological Association: Study of false memory
- New methods in police lineups
- Whitfield, Charles L. (1995) Memory and abuse: remembering and healing the effects of trauma.
- Skeptic's Dictionary on false memories
- False Memory Syndrome Foundation
- British False Memory Society
- Demonstration of a "false memory" test at Northwestern (uses Macromedia Flash, requires audio)
- Jim Hopper's scientific research and scholarly resources page
- Article about Marcia Johnson's research on memory distortion
- [] Summary/history of recovered memory debate
- [] Netherlands False Memory website
- [] US website protesting Recovered memory and other potentially dangerous therapies
- [] US website compiled by parents angry about children's therapy
- [] Australian False Memory Association website
- [] Australian website re recovered memories
- [] NZ Casualties of False Sexual Allegations website
- Cellular Memory and Chinese Medicine
|Types||Allograft · Alloplant · Allotransplantation · Autotransplantation · Xenotransplantation|
|Organs and tissues||Bone · Bone marrow · Corneal · Face · Hand · Heart · Heart-lung · Kidney · Liver · Lung · Pancreas · Penis · Skin · Spleen · Uterus|
|Related topics||Biomedical tissue · Cellular memory · Edmonton protocol · Eye bank · Graft-versus-host disease · Immunosuppressive drugs · Islet cell transplantation · Implants · Living donor liver transplantation · Lung allocation score · Machine perfusion · Medical grafting · Non-heart beating donation · Organ donation · Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder · Total body irradiation · Transplant rejection|
|Organizations||Halachic Organ Donor Society · Human Tissue Authority · National Marrow Donor Program · United Network for Organ Sharing|
|People||Christiaan Barnard · Michael Woodruff · Alexis Carrel · Norman Shumway · Jean-Michel Dubernard · List of notable organ transplant donors and recipients|