Wiping Drug Memories

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Science  13 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6078, pp. 167-168
DOI: 10.1126/science.1221691

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The tendency to relapse in individuals who are trying to remain abstinent is a major, but as yet unrealized, treatment target for drug addiction. On page 241 in this issue, Xue et al. (1) suggest that the memories elicited by drug cues and contexts can be diminished, thereby reducing their impact on relapse in both animals and people addicted to drugs.