Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 10 December 2003
What's That Smell?
Aging flies lose middle-term memory
R. John Davenporthttp://sageke.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2003/49/nw168
Key Words: amnesiac dunce rutabaga radish Pavlovian olfactory conditioning
Abstract: Elderly flies lose the capacity to identify evil odors, but memories don't flee immediately after the insects take a sniff, according to new research. The work reveals that old age impairs a middle stage of memory storage, and it links the deficit to a known memory-control gene. The connection provides a starting point for deciphering why brain retention falters with age.
Citation: R. J. Davenport, What's That Smell? Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ. 2003 (49), nw168 (2003).
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