The humble snail is helping scientists at the University of Sussex to explore ways of treating memory loss in humans.
Drug manufacturers are looking at ways to create a "Viagra for the brain", which could alleviate memory loss, one of the distressing symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimers. Work carried out by Dr George Kemenes, Senior Fellow in the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Sussex, will hopefully help to show how such drugs could work.
Dr Kemenes says: "If you lose your memory, you lose your personality. Impaired long-term memory is a devastating consequence of a variety of diseases affecting millions of people. The knowledge obtained from this work will help us to understand, and ultimately prevent and treat, memory disorders or even enhance normal memory."
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