[–] 475677 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

How long until I can extract the RNA from Gordon Ramsey, Jet Li, etc. and become a master of their arts through an injection?


[–] autoencoder 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

New tools for Minitru


[–] i_scream_trucks 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago 

Sounds like a fucking load of shit to me.

How do you ask an animal if it remembers the thing you just put in its head? How does it answer? Do the researchers speak snail?

Humans might be able to tell you 'Hey, this is in my head now, that worked' but snails? Na, not biting.


[–] The_Cat 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The researchers gave mild electric shocks to the tails of a species of marine snail called Aplysia. The snails received five tail shocks, one every 20 minutes, and then five more 24 hours later. The shocks enhance the snail's defensive withdrawal reflex, a response it displays for protection from potential harm. When the researchers subsequently tapped the snails, they found those that had been given the shocks displayed a defensive contraction that lasted an average of 50 seconds, a simple type of learning known as "sensitization." Those that had not been given the shocks contracted for only about one second.

The life scientists extracted RNA from the nervous systems of marine snails that received the tail shocks the day after the second series of shocks, and also from marine snails that did not receive any shocks. Then the RNA from the first (sensitized) group was injected into seven marine snails that had not received any shocks, and the RNA from the second group was injected into a control group of seven other snails that also had not received any shocks.

Remarkably, the scientists found that the seven that received the RNA from snails that were given the shocks behaved as if they themselves had received the tail shocks: They displayed a defensive contraction that lasted an average of about 40 seconds.

"It's as though we transferred the memory," said Glanzman, who is also a member of UCLA's Brain Research Institute.

If you had bothered to read the article, you wouldn't be asking stupid questions.