Frozen Brain Bank Thaws, Setting Back Autism Research Ten Years

Yech, just imagine cleaning up this mess. Via the Guardian:

A freezer malfunction at a Harvard-affiliated hospital has damaged a third of the world’s largest donated brain tissue for autism research. In all, 93 donated brains were damaged.

A spokeswoman for Autism Speaks said it was too early to assess the impact of the loss, discovered last month at the McLean hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, but one scientist predicted it could set research on the disorder back by as much as a decade.

Two investigations are under way to determine how the freezer failure happened. While foul play was not being ruled out, it is unlikely because the collection was located in a locked room within a secure building accessible by one of two keys held by security staff and brain bank staff.

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  • Nunzio X

    >>A freezer malfunction at a Harvard-affiliated hospital has damaged a
    third of the world’s largest donated brain tissue for autism research.
    In all, 93 donated brains were damaged.<<

    Ironic. First they were damaged by Alzheimer's, then by thawing out.

    Some brains just can't seem to get a break.

    • Nunzio X

       Fuck. I meant autism. Maybe I should donate my damaged brain.

  • Redacted

    Autism Speaks eh? The same Autism Speaks that claims Autism is the next evolution of the Human species? Yeah. I’m sure this was a total accident..

  • chinagreenelvis

    ” In an open letter, Dawson said many of the damaged samples had already been used in medical trials. She said: “Although this event will affect the availability of tissue for future research, we cannot yet determine the level of impact, but we are confident that we can maintain the momentum of scientific studies based on brain tissue.” ”

    Nowhere in the article is the “ten years” figure mentioned. Only in the title blurb does it have an extremely vague reference to a number that seems more like a figure of speech than an actual assessment.

    • Malk

      i love it when they make up time tables like that anyway… we’ll have 100 people living on Mars by the year 2042. What the fuck kind of stupid ass data do “scientists” try and pull crap like that from? And how are you supposed to make a time-table for something you don’t understand? March 2014: figure out what Autism really is! July 2015: Miraculously find new evidence suggesting chem trails are to blame. January 2018: Find cure and make billions.
      ??

      “brain bank staff” is also a pretty cool title…

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