Protein Boost Could Enhance Human Visual Memory

July 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)— Someday in the near future, humans may be able to take a drug based on a natural protein that allows us to perfectly retain the details of every image that we see. A group of Spanish scientists discovered that increasing certain protein levels in the visual cortex led to enhanced memories in mice.

The researchers discovered that boosting the levels of a protein in the visual cortex, called RGS-14 allowed mice to remember images they had seen for up to two months. Mice without the memory booster were only able to retain memories of the images for one hour.

The scientists were able to isolate a specific area of the visual cortex responsible for forming visual memories, called layer six of region V2. When they removed that region from the brains of the lab mice, they completely lost their ability to form visual memories.

Although the protein has not yet been tested on humans, the researchers believe it shows great promises for future use as a human memory enhancer.

The full study is available in the latest edition of the journal Science.



2 Responses to “Protein Boost Could Enhance Human Visual Memory”

  1. steve on July 6th, 2009 9:55 am

    Millions of people around the world use alcohol to help forget the memories of being stuck in a cubicle at a pc for 10 hours a day.
    I think the market for RGS-14 might be overestimated. 🙂

  2. jerry on July 10th, 2009 9:50 am

    I hope this would help children and adults with developmental or learning disabilities.

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