Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu

A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

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Can we edit the content of our memories? It's a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but — more important — why they do this.

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Steve Ramirez · Neuroscientist

When Steve Ramirez published his latest study in Science, it caused a media frenzy. Why? Because the paper was on implanting false memories in the brains of mice.

When Steve Ramirez published his latest study in Science, it caused a media frenzy. Why? Because the paper was on implanting false memories in the brains of mice.

Xu Liu · Neuroscientist

In his groundbreaking work, Xu Liu investigated how to activate and deactivate specific memories in mice.

In his groundbreaking work, Xu Liu investigated how to activate and deactivate specific memories in mice.