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Scientists Erase Specific Memories in Mice
HealthDay at Yahoo ^ | 10/22/08 | Alan Mozes

Posted on 10/22/2008 12:49:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- It sounds like science fiction, by scientists say it might one day be possible to erase undesirable memories from the brain, selectively and safely.

Using a complex genetic approach, U.S. and Chinese researchers believe they have done just that in mice, but the feat is far from being tested on humans.

Study co-author Joe Z. Tsien, co-director of the Brain & Behavior Discovery Institute at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, says the "work reveals a molecular mechanism of how [memory deletion] can be done quickly and without doing damage to brain cells."

The finding is published in the Oct. 23 issue of Neuron.

Humans plagued by painful memories have long wished for a way to eject them from the brain. The concept was the premise of the popular 2004 film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in which two former lovers pay a "memory-erasure" service to expunge the unhappy affair from their minds.

To explore the possibility of safely carving away bits of memory, the study authors first focused on the activity of a common protein found only in the brain, called CaMKII.

In both mice and people, this enzyme is often referred to as the "memory molecule" because of its key role in facilitating brain cell communication -- especially people's ability to learn and retain information.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1984; bigbrother; erase; memories; mice; revisionism; scientists; specific; totalrecall

1 posted on 10/22/2008 12:49:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

What?


2 posted on 10/22/2008 12:49:47 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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EEEK!


3 posted on 10/22/2008 12:50:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "You know, when you can't ask a question of your leaders anymore, that gets scary,")
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To: NormsRevenge

The conservatism will be purged from our minds in the new Obamunist USSA.


4 posted on 10/22/2008 12:50:17 PM PDT by Crazieman (If CON is the opposite of PRO, what is the opposite of PROGRESS?)
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To: NormsRevenge
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) -- It sounds like science fiction, by scientists say it might one day be possible to erase undesirable memories from the brain, selectively and safely.

Here will be Obama's top military technological priority if elected.

5 posted on 10/22/2008 12:51:35 PM PDT by Centurion2000 (... against all enemies, foreign and domestic.)
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To: NormsRevenge

When will they come up with a way to PLANT memories?.......I’d like some of Angelina Jolie..........


6 posted on 10/22/2008 12:52:25 PM PDT by Red Badger (My wallet is made out of depleted you-owe-mium........)
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To: NormsRevenge

We can remember it for you wholesale!!
Philip K. Dick

(the short story basis for Total Recall)


7 posted on 10/22/2008 12:52:26 PM PDT by djf (The depression commences. Brother, can you spare a dame?)
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To: NormsRevenge
I invented it a few years ago, right around the time when George W. Bush took over the White House from his father.
8 posted on 10/22/2008 12:55:15 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obama: Spread the Wealth = Marx: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs)
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To: NormsRevenge

Wonder if this would benefit anorexics.


9 posted on 10/22/2008 12:55:36 PM PDT by Carley (The media understands credentials but does NOT understand principles.)
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To: Red Badger
Maybe SHADO has excess amnesia pills or Torchwood can sell the rights to mass produce retcon.
10 posted on 10/22/2008 12:55:40 PM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair! Star Wreck In The Pirkinning......)
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To: NormsRevenge

There is this one psycho I used to date, can I erase that memory?


11 posted on 10/22/2008 12:55:59 PM PDT by Gamecock ("...Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles" and both to Americans.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Photobucket
12 posted on 10/22/2008 12:56:13 PM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (An inadequately policed Conservative)
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To: Crazieman

All of you who think that the Obamessiah will rush this technology to perfection and use it on us are just full of it, paranoid nuts of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

Memories can be far more effectively and cheaply erased with $0.50 of lead.


13 posted on 10/22/2008 12:56:31 PM PDT by Ancesthntr (An ex-citizen of the Frederation dedicated to stopping the Obamination from becoming President)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sheesh. What worthless research.

Every college student already knows about the drug that erases memories.

And it comes in kegs and 1.75 liter bottles.

14 posted on 10/22/2008 12:56:31 PM PDT by Knitebane (Happily Microsoft free since 1999.)
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To: NormsRevenge

What happens when some government authority decides that you need to “forget” certain things that you may have thought were real, but which the Bureau of Public Awareness has decided never really happened?

(Forget you ever saw this.)


15 posted on 10/22/2008 12:57:52 PM PDT by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The memory of my first marriage is long ago wiped out.


16 posted on 10/22/2008 12:58:34 PM PDT by UB355 ( Slower traffic keep right)
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To: NormsRevenge
Scientists Erase Specific Memories in Mice

Can they try it on my girlfriend? She remembers every single mistake since before we even met....

17 posted on 10/22/2008 12:59:02 PM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspell)
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5 year old piece from Molecular Intervention online mag

Brandeis University

CaMKII, an Enzyme on the Move: Regulation of Temporospatial Localization
http://molinterv.aspetjournals.org/cgi/content/full/3/7/386

Warning: pretty medicalese .. :-)


18 posted on 10/22/2008 1:01:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "You know, when you can't ask a question of your leaders anymore, that gets scary,")
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To: NormsRevenge
Rats have brains?

They obviously haven't surfed DU.

19 posted on 10/22/2008 1:03:52 PM PDT by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who Moved My Cheese?


20 posted on 10/22/2008 1:06:35 PM PDT by rusty millet
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To: NormsRevenge
"Humans plagued by painful memories have long wished for a way to eject them from the brain."

Some have, some have not. Age and shock have a way of taking care of some pain, but not that in the heart.

Culpeper Nat Cemetery

Humor helps.

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21 posted on 10/22/2008 1:07:30 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: NormsRevenge
Rose Law Firm billing records?

Nobama's birth certificate?

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22 posted on 10/22/2008 1:09:49 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: USMCPOP

God Bless.


23 posted on 10/22/2008 1:11:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... "You know, when you can't ask a question of your leaders anymore, that gets scary,")
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To: NormsRevenge
2014:

Obama is our Dear Leader...There has never been another....Michell is the Mother of our Country...The Year is 5...
24 posted on 10/22/2008 1:14:24 PM PDT by Dallas59 (Just Say NObama!)
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To: Maceman

FNORD


25 posted on 10/22/2008 1:20:56 PM PDT by 50sDad (OBAMA: In your heart you know he's Wright.)
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To: NormsRevenge

If O wins can I get some specific memories erased?

Maybe that’s what’s happened to Biden.


26 posted on 10/22/2008 1:22:05 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: Terry Mross

Harrison Bergeron.


27 posted on 10/22/2008 1:27:27 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge

specific memories?

could these maybe be memories of sermons given my one’s pastor?

just askin’

;-)


28 posted on 10/22/2008 1:29:26 PM PDT by eeevil conservative (GIVE ME A PLACE TO STAND AND I WILL MOVE THE EARTH....Archimedes)
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To: USMCPOP

My condolences, sir.

Mac
USMC 1978-1986


29 posted on 10/22/2008 1:41:47 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (Joe Biden behind a microphone is like Ted Kennedy behind a steering wheel)
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To: Knitebane

LOL. True. However, the Keg special does have the disadvantage of wiping out EVERY memory that was formed during a specific time period, thus this new invention might have its uses for when one needs to target specific bits of memory. For instance, when Obama makes you send 1,000 US to his campaign ....


30 posted on 10/22/2008 1:44:47 PM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: 50sDad

FNORD? Does that mean something?

I thought it was the sound Felix Ungar used to make when he was clearing his sinuses.


31 posted on 10/22/2008 1:48:52 PM PDT by Maceman (If you're not getting a tax cut, you're getting a pay cut.)
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To: NormsRevenge

32 posted on 10/22/2008 1:57:37 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Coming tools for the new grand Uber-O admin?


33 posted on 10/22/2008 1:58:01 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Note to Thugocracys Obama's...... We are all "joe the plumber"...)
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To: NormsRevenge

I would love to forget my ex-girlfriend.
She often shows up in my nightmares then i wake up all pissed and grumpy.


34 posted on 10/22/2008 2:02:46 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: NormsRevenge

Make em crave peanut butter.


35 posted on 10/22/2008 2:04:06 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: NormsRevenge

I love it!!!!!

So a time will come that after a guy gets a divorce, he will be able to erase the entire experience from memory.

Now, if they could only put back good memories as we age.


36 posted on 10/22/2008 2:13:05 PM PDT by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: USMCPOP

God bless Pop.


37 posted on 10/22/2008 2:23:32 PM PDT by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: USMCPOP

Your Buddhist son, a Marine NCO, was KIA liberating an Islamic country.

My FRiend, you are a true American.

My sympathies for your loss.

USAF, Retired.


38 posted on 10/22/2008 2:53:08 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: Maceman
"Fnord is the typographic representation of disinformation or irrelevant information intending to misdirect, with the implication of a conspiracy. The word was coined as a nonsensical term with religious undertones in the Discordian religious text Principia Discordia (1965) by Kerry Thornley and Greg Hill, but was popularized by The Illuminatus! Trilogy (1975) of satirical conspiracy fiction novels by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson."

FNORD - Wikipedia. Also applicable, the movie "THEY LIVE" in which secret messages designed to lull you into complacency and servitude are on billboards everywhere in special paint only your subconcious sees.

39 posted on 10/22/2008 6:45:04 PM PDT by 50sDad (OBAMA: In your heart you know he's Wright.)
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