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Yale medical school library brain samples

HORMONE HISTORY Neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing did pioneering work on the hormone-producing pituitary glands in the early 20th century, as described in a new book. Samples of the brains he studied are now displayed in the Yale medical school library.

wild and domesticated rabbits

RABBIT REMODELING Domestication of wild rabbits (left) physically changed the animals over time, including their brains. A domesticated rabbit is shown on the right.

giant hogweed plant

SAP + RAYS = BURN The giant hogweed contains chemical compounds that, when activated by sunlight, can burn exposed skin. The plant is in the Umbelliferae family, which also counts celery, carrots, parsnip, dill and fennel as members.

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