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New Knockout Mice Point to Molecular Basis of Memory

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Science  03 Jan 1997:
Vol. 275, Issue 5296, pp. 32-33
DOI: 10.1126/science.275.5296.32

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Neurobiologists have pinpointed the roots of memory in laboratory mice, by plucking out key proteins or adding an excess of them in particular clusters of brain cells. These feats at last offer direct confirmation of the reigning theory of how we remember and show how molecular changes affect the patterns of electrical activity that memories are made of.