June 10, 2013 | Rohan

Do you remember how to tie your shoelaces? The names of your friends? Your first kiss? Californian neuroscientists have found that a specific protein called Arc seems to help form your long-term memories. You can thank it every time you remember something from your childhood.

But what if you don't have much of this Arc protein? Well it looks like people who lack it have memory problems, such as Alzheimer's. Researchers hope that studying Arc will lead to treatments for neurological diseases. Let's never forget their hard work!


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