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Recent Experiment on Snails May Have Just Called Into Question Everything We Thought We Knew About Where Memories Are Stored

Experiments with marine snails suggests that some memories might be held in RNA, and not neurons.

A researcher at the University of California-Los Angeles may have discovered more about where memories are stored, and it could have major implications for neuroscience. Daniel Glanzman, a professor of neurobiology at UCLA made the discovery while working with his usual subject: the California sea hare, a 12-inch marine snail.

In the latest study, Glanzman gave a group of snails a mild electric shock. When snails feel threatened, they retract their frills and spout, so after a few shocks, the snails were sensitized, and retracted for about 50 seconds. Snails that have not received shocks typically retract for as little as one second.

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