Friday, August 25, 2006

Seriously Guys, Who Moved My Cheese?

Recently eaten: the cheeseburgers to end all cheeseburgers
Recent annoyance: helicopters that circle your house at 5 AM for a good hour

I support this type of procedure in rats only. The potential benefits to humans and rats could be enormous. Rats would not be able to weasel their way back into our homes to eat our food and defecate in our cabinets. And they would forget where we had put out deadly traps and run headlong into the jaws of death. Oh wait, did I say benefits to both humans and rats?

Scientists Erase Memories in Rat Brains
"Scientists have for the first time erased long-term memories in rats and also directly seen how the brain is changed by learning.

The research points to potential human benefits.

These findings could prove key "to understanding how memories can be augmented, for example in diseases that affect memory, like Alzheimer's," said neuroscientist Mark Bear at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory at MIT.

The research could also help treat pain that does not go away, "like neuropathic pain, where people have a moderately severe injury, typically to the hands or feet, and instead of going away in a couple of hours just perpetuates," neurologist and molecular biologist Todd Sacktor at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn said in a phone interview."

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