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Medical Scientists Find Memory Molecule

  1. Aug 27, 2006 #1

    Scientists at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center found a molecule that strengthens synaptic connections. By inhibiting this molecule, they can prevent connections from being maintained and "erase" them. They claim to have erased memories in people that are between a day and a month old!

    The article makes the astounding analogy that it's like erasing data from a computer disc. Brains are not quite "machine readable" yet, the way computer discs are. However, we're always getting closer, of course.

    I just wonder how they administered the molecular inhibitor. Did they apply it locally to a few synapses or systemically as a drug? I'd think the idea of having stuff that inhibits synaptic strength just swimming everywhere around in a person's body would be pretty bad.
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  3. Aug 28, 2006 #2
    All I know is that I would not wish to partake in such a study O_O
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