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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-29 19:05
  Subject:   Thanks for letting me re-arrange the chemicals in your brain!

Scientists at SUNY Downstate Medical Center have discovered a molecular mechanism that maintains memories in the brain. In an article in Science magazine, they demonstrate that by inhibiting the molecule they can erase long-term memories, much as you might erase a computer disc.

The SUNY Downstate researchers reported in the August 25 issue of Science that an enzyme molecule called "protein kinase M zeta" preserves long-term memories through persistent strengthening of synaptic connections between neurons. By inhibiting the enzyme, scientists were able to erase a memory that had been stored for one day, or even one month. This function in memory storage is specific to protein kinase M zeta, because inhibiting related molecules did not disrupt memory.


(via warrenellis.com - see also even angels have shitty days)
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  User: triggur
  Date: 2006-08-30 02:06 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I'm not sure whether to be astounded or terrified.

I mean honestly... this will be a huge boon for criminals (witness: I... I don't remember, your honor...) and for *COUGH*THE*COUGH*US*COUGH*GOVERNMENT*COUGH.

What better way to protect secrets when things go wrong than to erase everybody's memory.

Very... Men In Black.
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Alex Belits: iskra
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-08-30 06:25 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
I am pretty sure that the basic design of our brain prevents selective manipulation of memory (they are not spatially localized), so the result of it will be either worthless or nearly fatal.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-30 06:34 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
What better way to protect secrets when things go wrong than to erase everybody's memory.

What do you think they're injecting into the prisoners at GitMo? ;D
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