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SURPLUS SYNAPSES NYC Stockpile of Brains Questioned Reed Kaestner / Corbis

NYC Stockpile of Brains Questioned

They certainly had the brainpower to make a better call. Next of kin are calling foul after learning that the New York City medical examiner’s office may have kept their deceased loved ones’ grey matter on file without cause. The office has kept 9,200 brains from city residents over the last eight years, according to records obtained by the New York Post. In one instance, the family of a deceased Queens 11-year-old boy has filed suit after learning that his brain and spinal cord were removed during an autopsy.

October 28, 2012 10:06 AM