Scientists watch memories form

Discussion in 'Science and Nature' started by loopster, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. January 23, 2014­­ – (BRONX, NY) – In two studies in the January 24 issue of Science, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University used advanced imaging techniques to provide a window into how the brain makes memories. These insights into the molecular basis of memory were made possible by a technological tour de force never before achieved in animals: a mouse model developed at Einstein in which molecules crucial to making memories were given fluorescent "tags" so they could be observed traveling in real time in living brain cells.
    Good info! Memory (and learning) is a fascinating aspect of neuroscience! It's also interesting how making the transition between short term and long term memory apparently involves dynamic modification to certain forms of gene expression. And speaking of dynamic regulation of gene expression, epigenetic mechanisms (e.g. DNA methylation) have also been found to be involved in memory formation. What marvelous molecular machinery!!!

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