In the TNG episode Datalore, it begins with Data trying to emulate sneezing. That got me thinking - does Data ever learn to actually sneeze?

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    Given that he doesn't actually need to do it....I would speculate, no. Perhaps by the events of the future timeline in "All Good Things", he might have learned to mimic it, but by that time (really, much before that time) he'd have realized its lack of worth. Sneezing was an experiment in humanity for Data - one of many. I speculate it was one of the failed ones.
    – user14952
    Apr 6, 2014 at 22:21
  • In Campbell's "Brain Stealers of Mars" (an early version of his "Who Goes There?" on which The Thing movies were based), the almost-perfect imitators were unmasked by their inability to sneeze.
    – user14111
    Apr 12, 2014 at 23:49

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Yes in the expanded Universe (Star Trek: The Next Generation: Cold Equations series) Data receives all the memories and abilities of his Father Noonien Soong.

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    Is sneezing actually mentioned? It's a function of physiology, not memories, so I wouldn't think it was..
    – Izkata
    Apr 12, 2014 at 23:48
  • @Izkata well the method by which data is born again is a complete encapsulation of his father memories and abilities.
    – user24562
    Apr 12, 2014 at 23:49
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    Plus he already has the memories of various colonists and that doesn't seem to help him.
    – Valorum
    Apr 13, 2014 at 6:38
  • @Richard rather than simply having the memories his father's entire "soul" is the foundation of his programming now.
    – user24562
    Apr 15, 2014 at 10:10
  • @Richard In "Silicon Avatar," Data states that "The contents of their logs and journals were transferred into my memory cells." This would not help him sneeze.
    – jpmc26
    Aug 17, 2014 at 1:07

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