More brainhacking sci fi on the horizon: A drug that gives you perfect memory

[Researchers have] found that if they boosted production of a protein called RGS-14 (pictured) in that area of the visual cortex in mice, it dramatically affected the animals' ability to remember objects they had seen.

Mice with the RGS-14 boost could remember objects they had seen for up to two months. Ordinarily the same mice would only be able to remember these objects for about an hour.


That's absurd. and in the comments, someone has highlighted fodder for some unhappy horror sci fi: What if you were taking this drug and saw something you desperately wanted to forget?

Imagine what this would mean for rote memorization for test taking! Maybe this would be awesome. Primary and secondary education could finally expand beyond mechanical drudgery.



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There's always pros and cons to everything. As for our memories, nothing ever leaves us. I myself have trouble studying because I have short-term memory, but two years down the road, I can recite everything word for word. You learn to live with the bad memories though, and they can either haunt you for the rest of your life, or become a sticky note that's glued to your mind, kinda like your documents folder.
"Jill Price, 42, can remember every part of her life since she was 14 but considers her ability a curse as she cannot switch off." - The woman who can remember everything
Yes Boy, only too true. Now if they added interest into that we would have it made
Reminds me of Borges' story "Funes, the Memorious"
if only people wouldn't look to drugs for the answers to everything conceivable...
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