The restoration of lost memories in humans may be possible, a new study has claimed.
According to the researchers, the new study has offered crucial evidence that contradicts the common idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses.
David Glanzman, a UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology, said that the study offered new evidence that suggests the nervous system may be able to help in the regeneration of lost synaptic connections.
If the nerves can help in restoring the synaptic connections, the memory will also return. Scientists say this isn’t so easy, but it is possible.
Scientists say if the prevailing belief that memories are stored in the synapses held some reality, then it would have been easy for the researchers to find out that the lost synapses were the same ones that had developed in response to the serotonin. But this is not the case as in lieu they have found the presence of some of the new synapses and some of them have gone and that some of the original ones were also gone too.
According to Glanzman, the research has shown significant implications for patients of Alzheimer’s disease, mainly due to the reason that the memory loss disease was known to destroy synapses present in the brain and doesn’t mean that memories are also destroyed.
The study’s findings were published online in science journal eLife.