Monday, March 12, 2007

Scientists wipe out a single memory in mice

"Drug can clear away one fearful memory while leaving another intact. A single, specific memory has been wiped from the brains of rats, leaving other recollections intact."

read more | digg story

my digg comment-

Ok. Lets look at this in combination with the work on using mental imaging techniques to identify what thoughts are present.- (nyt "Brain on the Stand")

So- government or mafia technicians will be able to identify if a particular memory or type of memory is present in a person's memory, and then be able to wipe out that memory by triggering recall while the proband is under the influence of this drug. Result- guilty memories cease to exist, evidence is gone accountablity and possibility of event reconstruction- gone.

Don't get me wrong. I think the positive uses are wonderful and greatly to be desired. But the drug is going to be like a chainsaw. Depends on what you do with it, and to whom.

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