False memories created in mice, ‘Total Recall’ can’t be far

Memory formation in mice is probably very similar to that in humans.

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It’s just a matter of time before we all have replicant companions, right? And they’ll need artificial memories like in “Blade Runner.”

That’s why we should all thank the scientists at the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics, who have managed to implant artificial memories in mice. Doing it with biological androids should be no problem.

Reporting in the latest edition of the journal Science, Susumu Tonegawa and colleagues describe how they were able to get mice to believe they had been shocked in one place, when it had really happened in another.

They used a technique called optogenetics, in which neurons are modified to respond to light.

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