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Study: Scientists Revive Old, Fading Memories
Time ^ | 03/03/11 | Maia Szalavitz

Posted on 03/03/2011 4:59:59 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Study: Scientists Revive Old, Fading Memories

By Maia Szalavitz Thursday, March 3, 2011

What would it be like if you never forgot — if your brain were able to access your haziest long-term memories as though they had just been freshly made? For the first time, working in rats, researchers have enhanced weak, old memories by tweaking an enzyme in the brain. The findings not only deepen understanding of how memory works, but offer new hope for the development of treatments for Alzheimer's and other memory-destroying diseases.

The study, led by researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science, involved using viruses to ferry genes into specific regions of rats' brains in order to increase or decrease levels of a substance called protein kinase M zeta (PKMzeta). Inhibition of that enzyme has been shown in past studies to wipe out lab rats' long-term memory, and the researchers sought to determine what would happen if the protein were overexpressed instead.

(Excerpt) Read more at healthland.time.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science
KEYWORDS: alzheimer; memoryloss

1 posted on 03/03/2011 5:00:00 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

They’ve tapped into the akashic records.


2 posted on 03/03/2011 5:01:57 PM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

So, if you want to recover some memories, ask the Weizmann.


3 posted on 03/03/2011 5:42:01 PM PST by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21

“So, if you want to recover some memories, ask the Weizmann.”

Funniest thing I’ve heard today!


4 posted on 03/03/2011 5:59:21 PM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: decimon; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks TigerLikesRooster.


5 posted on 03/03/2011 7:44:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: pandoraou812

Here is some interesting news.


6 posted on 03/03/2011 10:04:55 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: SunkenCiv

I need some of that.

Those pesky Jooooooz are at it again, developing a method of curing another horrible disease. What will they do next?


7 posted on 03/04/2011 6:50:38 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv
Next step: tweaking to determine if *all* memories, or if you can map to any set of memories with a common characteristic (timeframe, location, subject...)

Then the problem of any potential for distortion of memories or introduction of false memory...

Cheers!

8 posted on 03/04/2011 3:54:05 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TheOldLady

:’D


9 posted on 03/04/2011 4:50:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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