Prions are infectious agents, but of a very unusual kind. Technically, they are just proteins with an incorrectly folded conformation. However, there is a major difference between just any misfolded proteins (which are common in nature) and prions.
We have all had memories that, at some point in time, we wished we could forget. Many newly published studies highlight the neurological and molecular mechanisms behind choosing to forget and suggest why disrupting this process may lead to unhealthy aging and serious mental disorders. It seems, that to some degree, one does find eternal sunshine in a spotless mind.
There has long been anecdotal evidence that sustained spiritual or religious practice can help improve people’s mood and general sense of well-being. For the first time, we may be on the cusp of understanding the neurological mechanisms underlying these long reported effects.
- The Broken Mirror
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