December 10, 2008

Memory and DNA

The New Scientist in November 2008 suggested that long-term memory may be stored in the DNA.

Although the study that they reference was done on the brains of mice, I think it also raises the question of whether "junk DNA" throughout the entire body might not have some memory storage capacity. How vast our memory might be!

Depending on when this memory-storage trick was developed, elephants and whales (with enormous brains and enormous bodies) might well have even vaster memories.

If the whole body is used for storing memory, then cryonics organizations should review their policies on whole-body versus head-only preservation techniques.

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