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Researchers Tap Into ‘Super Memory’ by Isolating Gene

HANS-ULRICH OSTERWALDER/Getty Images(WACO, Texas) -- There's some hope for those with a failing memory: Scientists at Baylor University say they're now able to give mice "super memories" by isolating a gene that apparently blocks another gene called PKR, which is triggered at the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

And since humans and these rodents share similar brains, researchers now believe they can develop a pill that acts as an inhibitor of the PKR gene that we have similar with mice.

Baylor lead researcher Maura Costa-Mattioli adds that because they can now provide mice with "super memories," the same might be done to help humans in the not-too-distant future.

The goal of the pill would be to provide those with deteriorating memories a boost, not enhance those who are still pretty sharp.

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