Japanese researchers proved that mice given heart transplants live longer when they listened to music from Verdi’s opera ‘La Traviata’. The researchers noted in their study, published in the ‘Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery’, that mice who had received cardiac grafts and were exposed to ‘La Traviata’ survived 27 days. Mice exposed to the singer Enya survived only 11 days. For this result, the research team was awarded the prestigious ‘2013 Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine’. According to the organizer’s committee , the ‘Ig Nobel Prizes’ honour achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think.


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