Friday, November 8, 2013

We can now upload memories to a mouse

We have the ability, in a live mouse who's running through a maze, to actually image thousands of neurons in the hippocampus and see what's happening as that mouse learns how to get from one spot to another. In other experiments, researchers have transferred memories from a trained mouse to a naïve mouse, and that mouse seems to know how to negotiate a maze that it's never seen before.

Now that's pretty freaky. Maybe we're starting to learn some of the language by which the brain operates.
--NIH director Francis Collins, WSJ on getting closer to "I know kung fu"