The mystery of the missing brains: solved

It was a real head-scratcher, but the mystery has been solved. Dozens of human brains that seemed to have gone missing from a research lab at the University of Texas in Austin, were actually disposed of by environmental workers about 12 years ago. Faculty members had concluded that the brains weren’t in good enough condition for research or teaching, said the university. It also said a committee would be appointed to investigate the decision to destroy some of the brains and how all the specimens have been handled since the school received the collection. The thought-to-be missing specimens were part of the original collection of 200 brains and had been stored at the campus’ Animal Resources Center.

As researchers and teachers, we understand the potential scientific value of all of our holdings and take our roles as stewards of them very seriously.

A University of Texas in Austin statement