The idea of implanting memories has been a staple of science fiction for decades, dating back to Philip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, which became the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Total Recall.
Now researchers are closer to producing false memories in the brains of mice.
The technique could lead to treatments for phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder in humans.
“It shows that the stuff from movies like Inception or Total Recall is possible,” says graduate student Steve Ramirez, of the RIKEN-MIT Center for Neural Circuit Genetics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He and his colleagues, led by Susumu Tonegawa, report their findings in this week’s issue of the journal Science.
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