PKMzeta – Perfect Recall

3 05 2011

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1aI2bk/ca.io9.com/5776087/a-drug-that-can-make-your-old-memories-like-new

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6021/1207.abstract?sid=f6ef25a6-1b03-4232-96c7-0d2be6923fe0

I stumbled upon this article was I was surfing the internet just now…

Science has yet again made a new discovery. This new discovery is called PKMzeta. Scientists noticed that there are so many substances out in the world that can distort memory and no (or not enough) subtances that can do the exact opposite – restore memory. PKMzeta is basically an enzyme in the brain that allows one to successfully store things they’ve learned, saw, heard etc. as well as maintain a crisp long term memory. The experiment was tested on rats. When the scientists boosted the level of PKMzeta in the rats brain, they recalled their past experiences in great detail… Scientists claim that his enzyme boost is “modest” but I’m not sure about that… If we were meant to recall so much memory, then I believe our bodies would naturally allow us to. There are many drugs out there that can cause more bad than good. PKMzeta is a pretty new discovery – as of November 2010… I don’t think scientist have figured out any side effects on the drug yet. I think once you start taking medication for something, you need to start taking more medication for something else and the amount of pills you take just adds up. To the contrary, this drug may possibly be a saving grace for elders who have alzheimers… though one would have to take the drug long before they have alzheimers to keep memories vivid.

I was reading comments on one of the links and people were saying that this is just another drug that will let people drink, smoke and shoot up more because all the bad side effects of all of the above can be washed away with this enzyme.

I don’t know… I’m pretty paranoid when I take medicine, I wouldn’t risk my health for something that seems so artificial like PKMzeta… Especially if it’s messing with your brain.

What do you think?

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