Monday, February 4, 2013

Shortage of Brain Tissue Sets Back Autism Research

The brain tissue comes from people with autism who have died and it has allowed researchers to make key discoveries about how the disorder affects brain development.
But there's not nearly enough tissue because most potential donors aren't identified and their family members are never approached about the possibility of donation. The shortage has been especially bad since last summer, when a freezer at a Harvard brain bank failed, allowing dozens of autistic brains to thaw.

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