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When rats are about three weeks old, brain cells in the amygdala acquire a protective molecular sheath. The researchers thought that sheath might make it harder to erase memories.To test the hypothesis, they injected adult rats with a drug that dissolved the sheath. The adult rats forgot their fear. The scientists restored their early ability to erase fearful memories.The experiment, published in the journal Science on Friday, shows that "you can recover the ability of these animals to erase fear memories," Luthi says.
I'll basically be forgetting how I got past all that.
Personally, I would not want to forget them. But then again, I've never been in the situation of going through a major traumatic event. I'm not the one experiencing the disruption in daily life that some people are. It seems like it's a question of what your priority is - being able to function vs. keeping your memories integrated. Shouldn't that be an individual choice?
I have to agree that for cases like that it could have its use -- but then we go into another problem: how accurate can such a method be? What's the danger of losing too much or even brain damage?