NIMHANS keen to study Basu's agile brain

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New Delhi, Jan 20: A day after the body of the Marxist patriach Jyoti Basu was donated a state run hospital, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) has shown interest to study the Basu's agile brain.

Impressed by Basu's agility even in his last days, the Director of Bangalore-based NIMHANS D Nagaraja said on Wednesday,Jan 20 that the institute is planning to write to SSKM Medical College in Kolkata to inquire whether his brain can be granted for study.

"Jyoti Basu was 95 when he passed away, yet until the last moment he was very agile. Therefore we would like to study his brain for research,"

Nagaraja said that the mental health doctors were curious to know the reason behind the mental agility of the veteran leader even at such a ripe age.

Adding that brains undergo numerous age-related changes, he said that some brains are more alert than others.

"There are some factors which prevent the fast ageing of a brain. We want to look into that".

The body of 95-year-old Basu was handed over to SSKM authorities as per his last wish on Tuesday, Jan 19.

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