Saturday, August 30, 2014


This is device that can really make a difference to healthcare facilities in remote regions, especially when sophisticated diagnostic devices aren't accessible.

Like the blurb says, memories can initiate different emotions in people. And there are always those memories we would like to forget/ get rid off to avoid the emotions they are associated with. This mice based experiment shows promise to PTSD and depression patients to reverse the emotions associated with certain memories by identifying the region (dentate gyrus) and tagging the neurons associated with the storage of that memory.

Interestingly, Harvard University is also working on similar lines to 'erase bad memories' but this involves inducing Xenon gas which can block NMDA receptors [The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor, a glutamate receptor, is the predominant molecular device for controlling synaptic plasticity and memory function.]

Now, really! It's all part of evolution. We're constantly evolving. From the Stone Age man, to the advent of fire and invention of wheel, the birth of printing by Gutenberg to the age of smart phones, supercomputers and Google glasses, it's all part of an ongoing process.

I agree, this didn't get the publicity that it deserves given the complexity of it. A paraplegic volunteer literally 'kick'started this year's World Cup in Brazil thanks to a robotic suit. Bet you didn't know that!

And finally, I'd like to wrap up with this very promising article about the advent of Neuroscience Era.