Experts urge special brain autopsy for Boston bombing suspect

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Robert Cantu, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy
Robert Stern, School of Medicine, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy

Two pioneering researchers of brain disease among athletes in violent sports recommended Saturday that investigators conduct special autopsy tests on amateur boxer Tamerlan Tsarnaev to determine whether the Boston Marathon bombing suspect could have been affected by boxing-related brain damage…

Expert quotes:

Cantu:

“I hope to God they do the special testing.”

Stern:

“Is it possible that some changes might have gone on in his overall functioning due to his boxing and potentially related brain disease? Yes. Anything is possible. But to then jump to the disease leading to well-planned behavior like this, I couldn’t go there.’’

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