Saturday, May 18, 2013

What Will Autopsy of Boston Bombing Suspect Reveal?

My opinion: To clearly describe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which the article did not, it basically eats away at the brain.  Perhaps the bombing suspect was affected by this if it ate away certain parts of his brain, like the amygdala, which controls emotions like fear.  In one case many yeas ago, Charles Whitman went on a shooting spree and killed many people on a college campus.  Doctors later discovered that a tumor was pressing against his amygdala. 


Even if Tsarnaev did not have CTE, researchers should still keep his brain to look for anything else unusual.  Often, terrorists or people with antisocial personality disorder may have similar personalities to many other people who would never commit such crimes.  By extensively researching the brain, perhaps we will discover just what makes these individuals act the way they do, leading to potential diagnostic measures in the future.  Although I do think that the background of each person should be taken into account before determining if he or she is a threat.  Feel free to comment.

Researchers urge brain autopsy of bombing suspect

Scientists wonder if Boston Marathon bombing Suspect No. 1,  Tamerlan Tsarnaev, left, seen boxing in the 2009 Golden Gloves National Boxing Tournament, had any brain damage from his time in the ring. (AP)
 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.
 The researchers expressed serious doubt the disease — chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE — could have factored in the wave of violence that led to Tsarnaev’s death early Friday in a firefight with police.
 But they suggested investigators would be remiss if they did not autopsy Tsarnaev’s brain for signs of CTE. The disease can only be diagnosed through post-mortem forensic tests of the brain.
“I hope to God they do the special testing,’’ said Dr. Robert Cantu, a clinical professor of neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine.


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