donderdag, oktober 23, 2008

Erasing memories no longer Science Fiction

Remember that Jim Carrey movie? Eternal Sunshine of the spotless Mind? In which he played a guy who wanted to erase parts of his memory because of a bad relationship? Well, brain scientists at the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine, in collaboration with scientists at East China Normal University in Shanghai, have now actually managed to erase new and old memories in mice!

The molecular mechanism is such that specific memories can be erased quickly and without doing damage (at least, that's what they say). Quite impressive, since, well, since many things, but specifically this: In the article to which I refer below it is explained that memory has four distinct stages: learning, consolidation, storage and recall. The trick has always been to dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying these different stages but so far researchers lacked techniques to manipulate proteins quickly enough. Not anymore though! Read all about it here.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anoniem said...

Dit is very interesting!! Kan op den duur de hele winkel van geluksfilosofie op de schroothoop en gaan we één keer in hetr half jaar naar de dokter om even "schoon schip" te maken. Dan moeten we alleen nog even nieuw spul kunnen uploaden en klaar is Kees.

Joost

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Blogger Jarno said...

Hey wat leuk! (and for all of you who don't speak Dutch >> Google Translate)

Yep. Nieuw spul uploaden inderdaad. Want als herinneringen kunnen worden gewist, dan kunnen ze ook worden toegevoegd (zo leert Trinity in de Matrix een helikopter besturen en leert Neo vechten)

The future is coming..

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