A Boost For Battered Memories
HISTORY MAY DESIGNATE 1994 THE YEAR OF THE BRAIN
Gain. In January, neuroscientist Gary S. Lynch of the University of California at Irvine showed that synthetic compounds called ampakines enhance memory skills in rats. Last month, Lynch's company, Cortex Pharmaceuticals Inc., began clinical trials in humans. Now, scientists at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore think they have discovered the brain's natural mechanism for speeding up messages, leading to sharper memories.
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