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Erasing Traumatic Memories May One Day Be Possible Thanks to New Discovery

by Tokyo Metropolitan University, SciTechDaily

Environmental light shown to affect retention of traumatic long-term memory in flies.

Scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have discovered that Drosophila flies lose long-term memory (LTM) of a traumatic event when kept in the dark, the first confirmation of environmental light playing a role in LTM maintenance. The team also identified the specific molecular mechanism responsible for this effect. LTMs are notoriously difficult to erase; this work may lead to novel treatments for sufferers of trauma, perhaps even the erasure of life-altering traumatic memories.

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