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False memories 'written' on flies' brains
Scientists have given fruit flies memories of traumatic experiences that never actually happened by directly manipulating nerve cells in their brains.
Researchers were able to directly write memories onto the brains of fruit flies. (iStockphoto) Researchers in the U.K. and U.S. were able to create an association in the flies' brains between an odour and an unpleasant experience, akin to an electric shock. The treated flies avoided the smell as if the bad memory had actually happened.