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March 17th, 2010 at 9:50 am

A Photographic Memory in a Pill

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A drug that could give you a perfect memory

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Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see.

 

A group of Spanish researchers reported today in Science that they may have stumbled upon a substance that could become the ultimate memory-enhancer. The group was studying a poorly-understood region of the visual cortex. They found that if they boosted production of a protein called RGS-14  in that area of the visual cortex in mice, it dramatically affected the animals’ ability to remember objects they had seen.

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