Scientists Create Way To Permanently Deleting Painful Memories

Researchers have found a way of permanently deleting painful memories, which they say could lead to drugs for post-traumatic stress disorder.

A team at John Hopkins University in the U.S removed a protein from the region of the brain responsible for recalling fear in tests on mice. The mice were then unable to recall fear associated with a loud sound.

The method is similar to that imagined in the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, where Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet decide to erase each other from their memories after a difficult break-up.

The scientists, whose report appears in Science Express, said it had important implications for patients whose lives were blighted by fear.

The University is hoping to test the experiment on humans once tests being carried out in the laboratory have been finalised.

The news has caused thousands to clamber to be the first human Guinea-pigs from both sides of the Atlantic.

John Huntley from Iowa and his family have recently endured extreme distress and welcome the news.

“I was foolish enough to acquiring tickets to see  America’s Got Talent in September. My wife and the kids have not been the same since. Joshua my youngest keeps waking up in the middle crying because he keeps seeing Piers Morgan’s face sneering at him. And now that it’s been announced Piers Morgan is replacing  Larry King on “Larry King Live” on CNN in January his stress levels have gone through the roof.”

Lead researcher, Dr Ken Stott, said:

“When a traumatic event occurs, it creates a fearful memory that can last a lifetime and have a debilitating effect on a person’s life. ‘Our finding describing these molecular and cellular mechanisms involved in that process raises the possibility of manipulating those mechanisms with drugs to enhance behavioural therapy for such conditions as post-traumatic stress disorder.”

The British public have also welcomed the news after enduring weeks of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and the ‘X Factor’.

Kate Carrey an administration Officer from Govern was in floods of tears after accidentally watching Ann Widdecombe  live on TV.

“I swear it was like watching the gates of hell open. Please hurry up and produce the medication that will rid my mind of such a vision!”

Dr Stott sympathised with Miss Carrey’s predicament but he had little hope for her.

“Unfortunately even if the trials could be speeded up and a medicine developed it may be too late for some. Nothing and I mean nothing could possibly rid that child of Ann Widdecombe exposing her Fandango live on nation national television.”

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