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According to research by Dr. Chandra Suresh, a particular mutation in the brain has caused some people to develop superhuman powers. Additionally, Sylar has targeted evolved humans with the intent of removing their brains.
While giving a lecture at Chennai University, Mohinder Suresh addresses the common misconception that man uses only one-tenth of his brain power. He suggests that with another percent, man may actually be worthy of "God's image".
Brody Mitchum accidentally knocks Claire Bennet in such a way that a tree branch becomes lodged in her brain. She appears dead until the medical examiner removes the branch from her brain. With the branch removed, her power rapidly restores her to health.
At a secret medical facility, Matt Parkman is held captive by Mr. Bennet and a mysterious man. His brain is hooked up to monitors. As Matt attempts to read the minds of his captors, the monitors show increased brain activity.
While perusing his father's research in Sanjog's file, Mohinder comes across an article proclaiming that scientists have found new areas in the brain. The article states that the researchers used DCX imaging to determine that "we all have an area in our brains that functions independently of the other areas".
Dr. Suresh meets with Gabriel Gray and performs tests on his brain. He explains to his subject that the special abilities of evolved humans come from a particular structure of the brain. He also tells Gray that the brain controls every action. Quoting his book, the doctor says that if there's a soul, it's in the brain. Later, in his watch shop, Gabriel realizes how Brian Davis's power of telekinesis originates in the brain. He claims that Davis has a "defect" that he can fix. Gabriel is then compelled to bludgeon Davis over the head.
Charlie reveals to Hiro that she has an blood clot in her brain.
Ando calls Sylar "brain man".
Sandra's headaches prompt a visit to a neurologist.
Zane Taylor is killed and his brain is removed.
Mohinder attaches Sylar to an IV drip. Mohinder says the curare in the drip is a brain paralytic, and keeps Sylar from being able to control his abilities. Mohinder then takes a sample from Sylar's spinal fluid.
- The serial killer Sylar has removed the brains of many of his victims. There is a high correlation between victims of brain removal and Dr. Suresh's list of evolved humans. Known victims include Charlie Andrews and James Walker (Fallout); Brian Davis was murdered by Sylar, but his brain removal is not absolutely confirmed (Six Months Ago). During a brief visit to the future, Hiro Nakamura saw the body of Isaac Mendez with its brain removed (Don't Look Back). Sylar mistook Jackie Wilcox for an evolved human and murdered her but turned his attention to Claire Bennet before proceeding with Jackie's brain removal (Homecoming).
- Based on Dr. Suresh's theories, the wide range of special abilities that evolved humans have demonstrated all originate in the brain, even those that would logically seem to be unrelated to brain development, such as enhanced strength and rapid cell regeneration. (Six Months Ago)
- The possibility that Jessica Sanders demonstrates a power while Niki Sanders does not demonstrate a power still supports Dr. Suresh's "brain origin" theory. Since the two personalities appear to share the same body, the disparity is only plausible if Jessica's strength originates in the brain, not the muscles, and Niki is unable to access the part of the brain responsible for the power.
- Mohinder mentions the common perception that humans only use one-tenth of their brain capacity (Genesis). This "statistic", however, is untrue. However, Mohinder seems to use this common misconception as more of a metaphor that evolutionary development of the brain is on the verge of something extraordinary.
- Many medical charts found on primatechpaper.com feature information about the brain.
- Hana's chart notes that she has overlapping visual cortex cells, an enlarged occipital lobe, and abnormal neuron clusters.
- Matt's chart notes that he can hear frontal lobe activity, and that he may have a "21 mutation" and "hypertrophy" in the "Broadman 41" area of his brain.
- Sylar's chart notes that he has enlarged frontal lobes, an irregular hypothalamus, and has been attached to a shunt.
- Mohinder makes an important discovery about Sylar's brain chemistry by examining his spinal fluid. (Parasite)
- NBC Nightly News's Brian Williams appears on a television in Le Bar; his name is misspelled "Brain". (War Buddies, Part 1)
Matt's brain bleeds when an information transfer overloads his body.
- Para otros usos de brain, véase brain (desambiguación).
- For more information on Sylar's propensity for removing brains, see brain removal.
- For more information about the research in Chandra Suresh's book, see Activating Evolution.
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