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The molecules that make memories stick


Scientists have identified key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones.

The finding comes close to answering the question: how does an experience become a memory that can be accessed months, even years later?

“There are many drugs available to treat some of the symptoms of diseases like schizophrenia,” says Ted Abel, a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, “but they don’t treat the cognitive deficits that patients have, which can include difficulties with memory. This study looks for more specific targets to treat deficits in cognition.”

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