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Scientists Switch Memory Recall On And Off In Fruit Flies

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May 24, 2001
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have used a genetic strategy in fruit flies to switch electrical activity in the insect brain on and off at will. In doing so, they have made the surprising discovery that switching off electrical activity in the brain blocks memory recall, but not initial formation of memory.

Cold Spring Harbor, NY -— Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have used a genetic strategy in fruit flies to switch electrical activity in the insect brain on and off at will. In doing so, they have made the surprising discovery that switching off electrical activity in the brain blocks memory recall, but not initial formation of memory.


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