Believe it or not, an artificial memory could now be possible because of RNA injection.
Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles have discovered that process of establishing an artificial memory. They have shifted a memory from one snail to another through injection of RNA from one mollusk to another. The new study could formulate new methods to counter the agony of heartbreaking reminiscence with RNA. Likewise, it will preserve lost memories.
“I think in the not-too-distant future, we could potentially use RNA to ameliorate the effects of Alzheimer’s disease or post-traumatic stress disorder,” said UCLA professor David Glanzman.
He attached wires into the marine snails’ (Aplysia) tails to give them a succession of electric shocks. After the snails are sensitized, RNA was extracted from them and injected to other snails. The recipient snails became sensitized showing that the “memoir” of the electrical shocks had been transferred. The mollusks have not been harmed but released some kind of purple ink when shocked to conceal themselves from predators.
Ribonucleic acid or RNA serves as a cellular messenger. It manufactures proteins and accomplishes DNA’s directives to other parts of the cell. It also regulates numerous cellular activities associated with the development and diseases.
The researchers said that the experiments suggest how vital parts of the memory trace are retained in RNA instead in the network of brain cells as traditional neuroscience pronounces. They added that both snails and human have the same cells and molecular processes. This is despite the fact that snails have 20,000 neurons while humans have 100 billion in their central nervous system.
Scientists perceive the study as another pace in the relief of mental dysfunction such as Alzheimer’s and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alzheimer’s disease is one thing that we are afraid to experience whether we are the sufferer or not.