Saturday, August 14, 2004

Cyborg Memory enhancement

MIT study may hold key to boosting brainpower - MIT News Office
MIT research indicates that a tiny molecular change signficantly alters the number of synapse receptors, and speculate that this discovery may one day lead to the ability to boost brainpower in the area of the brain where long-term memories are stored. GluR2 glutamate receptor acts like a "traffic cop" in the brain to weaken synapses. Glutamate, a common amino acid, is a major neurotransmitter, which acts as a "messenger" to transmit information from one neuron to another. GluR2 alters the number of receptors on the surface of synapses.


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