The Proust pill

Back in 1998, I decided to write a novel about a memory pill -- a drug that would work like Proust's madeleine. While I was busy writing, the science caught up with fiction.

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By Pagan Kennedy
June 25, 2006

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A FEW MONTHS AGO, researchers at West Virginia University stumbled across a gene in the mouse brain that appears to erase long-term memories. When scientists switched off the gene, the mice developed super-charged memory, able to recall the solution to a maze they'd seen six weeks before, an eternity in mouse time. The discovery is only the most recent in ... (Full article: 1038 words)

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