missing brains
December 3, 2014

UPDATE: Brains Missing From UT Campus – Are They REALLY Missing?

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UPDATE: December 3, 2014 (12:50 p.m. CST)

Sam Machkovech of ArsTechnica reports that last month's photo-heavy book Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital, is behind the news frenzy surrounding the missing brains.

As reported by Michael Muskal of the Los Angeles Times, "The brains, missing from a facility at the University of Texas in Austin have been found at the University of Texas in San Antonio."

However, Muskal added that the exact whereabouts of Whitman’s brain are still unsure.

ORIGINAL: December 3, 2014 (12:10 p.m. CST)

What sounds more like a Halloween horror story is actually unfolding right now on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

According to Ralph K.M. Haurwitz and Asher Price of the Austin American Statesmen, the university has apparently lost track of approximately 100 brains which were stored on campus for scientific research.

The Statesmen report says that one of the missing melons might even be from Charles Whitman, who went on a murderous shooting spree from the UT Tower in 1966.

As reported by Doug Stanglin of USA TODAY, the "university's Animal Resources Center originally received the missing organs in 1986 from the Austin State Hospital, formerly known as the Texas State Lunatic Asylum, under a temporary possession agreement."

"It's entirely possible word got around among undergraduates and people started swiping them for living rooms or Halloween pranks," Dr. Coleman de Chenar, a resident pathologist at ASH told the Statesmen reporters.

The university said in a statement that it would "carefully investigate" the circumstances surrounding the brains, reports Cassandra Khaw for The Verge.

"The brains that are now on campus are actively used as a teaching tool and are carefully curated by faculty. As our investigation proceeds, we will seek to confirm whether the specific details that have been reported about the other specimens are accurate," the University added in their statement.

Perhaps this would be a perfect caper for Sherlock Holmes to solve?


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