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Old 09-18-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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Deleting a certain gene in mice can make them smarter by unlocking a mysterious region of the brain considered to be relatively inflexible, scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have found.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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'the homer simpson gene,' i like that
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:27 PM
 
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I would't mind being smarter, myself. But I'd wonder if this could have other not-so-nice side effects or complications.
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:52 AM
 
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Very interesting.
I wonder if this gene's function has any relevance in people that have a photographic memory or a encyclopedic memory?

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The lack of RGS14 doesn't seem to hurt the altered mice, but it is still possible that they have their brain functions changed in a way that researchers have not yet been able to spot. Besides being resistant to injury by seizure, certain types of CA2 neurons are lost in schizophrenia, and loss of another gene turned on primarily in the CA2 region leads to altered social behaviors, Hepler notes.
Hmmmm. Perhaps the gene has a protective effect. Perhaps the gene keep the thoughts we have from becoming disconnected from out personal self. In otherwords instead of having "voices" telling one what to do, we have our own connected thoughts guiding us. Of course I know I'm waaaaaaayyyyyyy over simplifying Schizophrenia or other mental diseases. But it's just a thought.


Anyways. In any event I feel that humans will end up eventually enhancing their memory/mental ability by either manipulating genes or by adding interactive "hardware" in the brain.
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Old 10-03-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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I'm interested in following this. I think I'll ask them to give us PR updates if they are called for.
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:49 AM
 
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Not only in mice...
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Old 10-04-2010, 10:51 AM
 
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Very interesting.
I wonder if this gene's function has any relevance in people that have a photographic memory or a encyclopedic memory?



Hmmmm. Perhaps the gene has a protective effect. Perhaps the gene keep the thoughts we have from becoming disconnected from out personal self. In otherwords instead of having "voices" telling one what to do, we have our own connected thoughts guiding us. Of course I know I'm waaaaaaayyyyyyy over simplifying Schizophrenia or other mental diseases. But it's just a thought.


Anyways. In any event I feel that humans will end up eventually enhancing their memory/mental ability by either manipulating genes or by adding interactive "hardware" in the brain.
I could understand if humans feel tempted to mess with such genes, but Ii am sure things are the way they are for a good natural reason.
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Old 10-15-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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Very interesting.
I wonder if this gene's function has any relevance in people that have a photographic memory or a encyclopedic memory?



Hmmmm. Perhaps the gene has a protective effect. Perhaps the gene keep the thoughts we have from becoming disconnected from out personal self. In otherwords instead of having "voices" telling one what to do, we have our own connected thoughts guiding us. Of course I know I'm waaaaaaayyyyyyy over simplifying Schizophrenia or other mental diseases. But it's just a thought.


Anyways. In any event I feel that humans will end up eventually enhancing their memory/mental ability by either manipulating genes or by adding interactive "hardware" in the brain.
There could be study comparing people with photographic memories or encyclopedic memories to see if such people tend to live shorter lives or have less healthy lives. Pscyhological health could also be measured.
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