Saturday, September 12, 2009

More progress in race to develop memory-erasing pill

Swiss researchers have managed to erase bad memories from lab animals with pill that “dissolves a sheath around the amygdale, an almond-shaped organ in the brain where mammals store memories of fear.” (London Times)

Last year, you may recall, a team of US and Chinese scientists
deleted memories from the minds mice by disabling “memory molecules” in the brain.

Pound360 is equally excited and terrified by the prospect of an easy procedure to wipe out bad memories. On the one hand, it would be good for treating post traumatic stress and severe phobias. But what if it’s really cheap, and really easy to tamper with your memories? “If we forget memories of bad experiences, how will we learn to progress?” asked one commentator at London Times.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.