Could memory-erasing technology be a reality?Anyone who has seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (i.e. anyone who has lived in a dorm at any point during the past decade) has no doubt pondered what it would be like if the science featured in the film-in which memories can be erased-were real. Would you eradicate that afternoon when you asked Stacey Stevens out by the water fountain only to get cruelly rejected? That intensely painful fall from Mark Markham's treehouse that led to four months in a leg cast? And so on.
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Enter some researchers! A group of M.I.T. scientists believe they have discovered the gene which "performs the role of memory extinction." They're hoping that this work could eventually lead to treatment for sufferers of P.T.S.D. or people otherwise tormented by past memories. The process involves new memories "overwriting" old ones. The study-which will be written up in the new edition of Neuron-focused on the observation of miceRead More »from Is Memory-Erasing Technology a Reality?