Erasing Traumatic Memories Could Be A Reality Now!
A team of scientists from UCLA have reported that they succeeded in weakening long term memories through an experimental study conducted on marine snails and neurons (in a Petri dish in the laboratory).
The study results were published in the April issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.
It was discovered through this study that long-term memory may be erased by the inhibition of particular protein kinase activity. Protein kinases modify the structure of a protein by adding phosphate to the protein. Protein kinase M (PKM) is the one associated with memory.
According to David Glanzman, the senior author of the study, the experiment was conducted on marine snail considering the factors such as ‘an easy to understand and simple nervous system’ and similarity of memory processes in snails and humans.
This new discovery has significant potential in treating disorders and conditions related to memory such as drug addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and several other traumatic memories.