• New optical technology spotlights how memories move in mouse brains during sleep

    12 days ago - By ScienceDaily

    Scientists have used mouse brains to demonstrate a new neural-optic system to manipulate memories. The technique hinders nerve activity - known as long-term potentiation or LTP - which would otherwise consolidate memory during sleep. The research team illuminates mouse brains to inhibit cofilin, a protein essential for LTP. When the specific areas of the brain are irradiated twice, once immediately after the mouse learns a task and then again during sleep after learning, memory is erased.
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