illustration of brainElise Takahama (@elisetakahama) tells the story of a man who donated part of his brain to science for the Seattle Times. Interspersed with the man’s story of stroke, aftermath, surgery and recovery, Takahama takes us into the operating room where surgeons carried out the excision and into a lab at the Allen Institute where scientists marvel at the tissue and prepare it for study. Takahama gives us a humanizing glimpse into a complex scientific study and leaves readers sharing her subjects’ sense of wonder and hope. Image: Public domain