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Seahawks Smash Brains as Team Owner Pays to Dissect Them

Seattle, known for the earth-shaking fervor of its “12th Man” football fans, has become ground zero in the National Football League for another reason: It’s among the leaders of research into brain trauma.

Bankrolled in part by more than $500 million from Paul Allen, the billionaire owner of the Seattle Seahawks, researchers are trying to unravel the circuits and cells of the brain, in part to better understand neurological damage, disorders and dementia.