Scientists discover rare genetic link from tribe of cannibals to help in the study of brain diseases

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Papua New Guinea - You could learn a lot about brains from a zombie, and turns out-- also from a brain-eating tribe of cannibals, too.

Yeah, there's a tribe of cannibals called the Fore people from eastern Papua New Guinea. The Fore folks had a long-standing tradition of feasting at mortuaries.

Yep, they would get together and eat their dead relatives at funerals. Women and children ate the brains, and the men ate all the leftovers.  (Go figure, just like our Turkey Day.)

Anyway, after years of feasting on brains, some Fore people have developed a genetic resistance to the molecule that causes fatal brain diseases like mad cow disease and dementia, according to a recent scientific study in the journal Nature.

In fact, researchers say this brain breakthrough could help lead to understanding brain diseases and related ailments like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Talk about finding a new source of brain power!

So, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out how to save a mind.

It just takes a brain-eating tribe of cannibals!