Fruit Flies Can Teach Us How We Forget
Have you ever wondered, “why do we forget?” Can you imagine a life where you can remember everything? Although this is interesting, it might not be a good idea after all. Scientists have started to learn that forgetting is very important for the normal function of our brain. If you cannot erase memories that you don’t need, you could have problems learning new things or focus your attention on the things that are important. Using fruit flies to study learning and forgetting, we discovered a protein named Scribble that is very important for the forgetting of odor memories. Yes, as surprising as it may seem, these small flies can learn and forget. This is explained better below.