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Memory transplant performed in a lab

The brain is a mysterious thing, and it just got even more amazing. Scientists have been able to help snails ‘learn’ from transplanted nerves.

A snail makes its way across dark soil
Image credit: Scoobay/Flickr

In an American experiment, scientists trained snails to react to electricity.  They then moved genetic material from the trained snails to new ones.  The untrained snails then knew how to react to the electric shocks, showing that memories can be transplanted from one living thing to another.  The snails could share their memories by trading cells.

While these tests are on snails and not people, we’d love to see if this works on humans too!

Discussion topics

Would you want new memories transplanted in you? How might this be helpful? Would it always be helpful?

If you could ‘learn’ anyone’s memory, whose would you choose?