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Memory Erasure Thanks To Snails
Researchers have found that they are able to erase traumatic memories in marine snails using the protein kinase called PKM. Incredibly, this treatment can be applied to individual synapses.
UCLA researcher David Glanzman states:
"Almost all the processes that are involved in memory in the snail also have been shown to be involved in memory in the brains of mammals. We found that if we inhibit PKM in the marine snail, we will erase the memory for long-term sensitization. In addition, we can erase the long-term change at a single synapse that underlies long-term memory in the snail."
SF readers recall Philip K. Dick's interest in erased memory, as expressed in his 1966 short story We Can Remember it for you Wholesale.
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