Can Science See Inside An NFL Player’s Skull Before It’s Too Late?

June 22, 2012

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, is a diagnosis for dead people. Last month, Junior Seau was found in his home in Oceanside, Calif., with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. A familiar sequence unfolded: His brain was requested by both the Brain Injury Research Institute and Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy—the two main brain banks chasing damage in former football players. If the family consents, the brain will be sliced open and put under a microscope.