100 brains stolen from Texas universityBy Mason White 9:43 AM December 3, 2014
By: Mahesh Sarin
Officials at the University of Texas, said that about 100 brains, which it collected for research, have gone missing.
The University of Texas at Austin, said that half of the specimens, which were preserved in jars containing formaldehyde, are missing.
“We think someone may have taken the brains, but we know nothing for sure,” psychology Professor Tim Schallert said.
Psychology Professor Lawrence Cormack believes that some students may have taken the brains to decorate their living rooms.
The Austin State Hospital lent the brains to the university.
Schallert said that his psychology laboratory room had place for only 100 brains, so the rest they received were taken to the basement of the university and placed with the Animal Resources Center.
The university said in a statement that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding this collection because they came here almost 30 years ago and is committed to treating brain specimens with respect.
The remaining brain specimens on campus are used as teaching tools and are carefully handled by teachers.
The remaining brains at the school have been moved to the Norman Hackerman Building, and they are being scanned with high resolution imaging equipment.