For many years scientists have been searching for the mysterious engram - the place in the brain where memories are kept. And thanks to advances in genetics and neurobiology, it looks like they’re now getting close to finding it. Plus, contagious cancers in dogs and devils, and our gene of the month prefers the cold.
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Sheena Josselyn is searching for the engram - the mysterious place in the
brain where memories are stored, focusing on fear memories.
Scott Waddell is figuring out how fruit flies decide what to do when faced
with a range of choices, such as eating or drinking.
Elizabeth Murchison studies two rare transmissible cancers, affecting dogs
and Tasmanian devils, that can be spread between animals.
Our gene of the month is Shibire, named after the Japanese word for “limbs going to sleep”.