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Sangeeta Kocharekar
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 12:31

There is now a way to edit or completely erase your memories

JIM CARREY

There is a way to get rid of unwanted memories because science is truly insane.

You know all those drunken memories you really, really want to just forget? Or that cringe-worthy moment you embarassed yourself in front of a whole group of people?

BRITNEY SPEARS

Well, this may soon be possible. According to a documentary airing in the US called Memory Hackers, scientists have developed cutting edge research into how memory might be manipulated.

"For much of human history, memory has been seen as a tape recorder that faithfully registers information and replays it intact."

“But now, researchers are discovering that memory is far more malleable, always being written and rewritten, not just by us but by others. We are discovering the precise mechanisms that can explain and even control our memories."

A separate study in 2007, according to the UK Telegraph, discovered that a long-term memory can be wiped from the brain with the help of something called ZIP, a molecule that blocks the action of an enzyme.

How? If the memories are lodged in a part of the brain called the neocortex, where most long-term memories are stored, they aren’t 100% safe. The scientists suggested that it might be possible to design drugs to interfere with the memories - so either erasing them in the case of the * cringe * ones or boosting them in the case of when you're studying for an exam.

BILL NYE