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Sep 22, 2014 7:32 AM

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.

"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.

It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did she do it? It involved major surgery, her donation was anonymous and she wasn't paid.

"At that time in my life, I was 42 years old. I was single, I had no children," Stimpson says.


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