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How To Implant Truly False Memory

On July 26, 2013, the 341st volume of the world renowned journal Science delivered news that seemingly took the neuroscience field by storm. From page 387 to 391, Steve Ramirez and colleagues reported that they have created “a false memory in the hippocampus”1 Every major news outlet followed suit. “Scientists Read more…

The chicken or the egg question in a floppy infant syndrome: do motoneurons get sick before sensory neurons?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? It is an old riddle that has puzzled countless generations. Yet, scientists are now faced with another similar dilemma in Spinal Muscular Atrophy: which came first, sick motoneurons or sick sensory neurons? Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) affects 1 in every 6,000 newborns worldwide, Read more…

The OCD brain strikes again

Who would have ever thought that Cameron Diaz, the cute voice actress behind Fiona from Shrek, actually suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? In fact, she opens doors with her elbows, refusing to touch the germ-ridden doorknobs with her bare hands! Although OCD is not a disease that "kills", it can be Read more…

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