Memory manipulation

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Key points:

- 2015 work by Ju Lu, Yi Zuo and the University of California
- Attempting to further understanding of mice brains (and eventually apply work to human brains)
- Using a beam of light, were able to make mice forget learned behaviour
- Able to do this using AS-PaRac -- which causes changes to the input part of neurons which communicate with each other (dentrites)
- Basically, tips of dentrites grow bigger when something new is learned. Light makes them shrink. Therefore, memory loss
- For the future, the researchers are looking to manually grow the dentrites, in order to make mice know behaviour they've never learned (like that programming scene in the Matrix)