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The theory I've heard is that, because Gabriel/Sylar's power is to know how things work; what he does is he opens up their head, extracts their brain, and looks at the area where the power is held. He then learns how to use it by reading it like an instruction manual, he knows how the brain works ;P I'm not 100% sure but i think its a believable theory and better than eating brains ^^

He cuts open their heads (not the brain), licks a place in the brain where the power is held, and leave the person there dead (but not Claire).

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