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In a decidedly odd news story, a vial of the blood of Winston Churchill is to be sold by an auction house. The blood sample was apparently taken from the former prime minister in 1962 during his treatment for an injured hip at the Middlesex Hospital in London. A student nurse at the hospital, Patricia Fitzgibbon, received permission to keep the vial which is now up for sale as a souvenir. The auction is to be held in March. Reports on the story are available at the New York Times and  Guardian.

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