Thursday, November 06, 2008

‘Memory deletion’ succeeds in mice

Do you remember that movie “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?” And how there was this clinic where you could have bad memories erased? Well, a team of US and Chinese scientists have managed to delete bad memories from the minds of mice in lab tests, reports Yahoo! News (via Slashdot).

The researchers pulled off the feat by disabling specific enzymes known as “memory molecules” that “facilitate brain cell communication.” With the enzymes shut down, the cells carrying the bad memories were basically locked in a deep, dark vault.

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