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Snail memory boost seen promising for Alzheimer's
An early symptom of Alzheimer's disease is losing the ability to store new memories for the long term and bryostatin appears to enhance this long-term storage.
In the snail experiment, researchers put bryostatin in sea water, days in advance of any learning or training, causing certain proteins to be made by the neurons of the snails.
When the snails were trained days later, instead of remembering something for a minute or two, they would remember it for weeks, researchers said.