Dan Ferguson, a spokesman for Jackson County, stressed the medical examiner’s job is to determine cause of death and that removal of an organ or tissue strictly for research isn’t allowed.
Belcher’s brain also could have been donated for research, but Vandever said Belcher’s family wasn’t contacted about such a donation.
The fact that it’s been a year since Belcher died could complicate the exam. But Omalu said important scientific findings remain possible, noting that he has found clear evidence of Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases during autopsies performed on bodies buried longer than Belcher’s.
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