An independent analysis has faulted a freezer’s digital controls for the loss of 147 brain samples that defrosted earlier this year at the Harvard-affiliated Brain Tissue Resource Center at McLean Hospital. Among those samples were the brains of 54 people who had autism – nearly a quarter of the autism brain samples available for research into the condition. Researchers said the collection, which took 14 years to amass, could set autism research back perhaps as long as a decade.
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