Thursday, March 15, 2007

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless ... ooh cheese!

Great news for rats everywhere--with some upside for humans as well.

NYU scientists have demonstrated the ability to erase a single memory from rat brains, while leaving other memories intact. The study, published this week in Nature Neuroscience, suggested that certain drugs can inhibit the process of transforming short-term memory to long-term memory, dubbed reconsolidation.

The upshot for psychiatry may be the greater understanding of memory processes and potential inroads to treating conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder.

may cause memory impairment!

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