False memory implants in mice may make ‘Total Recall’ a reality

False memory implants in mice may make ‘Total Recall’ a reality

False memories of an event that never happened have been implanted into the brains of mice in research that could pave the way for technology like that seen in the film Total Recall.

The study also highlights just how inaccurate recollections of the past can occur, an issue that has raised concerns about witness statements in court cases.

Scientists genetically modified mice so that their brain cells produced a light sensitive chemical when they formed new memories.

This allowed them to use flashes of light to alter the way their brains formed memories, making the mice believe they had an experience they had not.

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