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Scientists give flies false memories.

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posted on Oct, 19 2009 @ 08:21 AM
Flies are being abducted and memory wiped!

By directly manipulating the activity of individual neurons, scientists have given flies memories of a bad experience they never really had, according to a report in the October 16th issue of the journal Cell.

"Flies have the ability to learn, but the circuits that instruct memory formation were unknown," said Gero Miesenböck of the University of Oxford. "We were able to pin the essential component down to 12 cells. It's really remarkable resolution." Those dozen cells are sufficient to manage what is a difficult cognitive problem: learning to associate a particular odor with something bad, like an electric shock. In essence, these cells create memories that the fly then uses to avoid that odor.

posted on Oct, 19 2009 @ 07:09 PM
reply to post by karl 12

Actually their memories are not being wiped, just altered, if what they claim they've done is true.

How do they know they've given the flies a false memory ? They haven't listed any proof that their experiments have worked.

However if they have in fact uncovered a way to implant false memories, nothing good will come of it.

Edit for spelling

[edit on 10/19/2009 by chise61]

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