Sathya Puthanveettil

Yikes! Scientists Discover Factor That Directs Brain’s Fear Conditioning

A team led by neuroscientists at The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology has discovered a key molecular player in fear conditioning. It’s a specialized RNA with a memorable acronym, SLAMR. Their study found SLAMR must be present in adequate quantities for neurons to build the complex connections required for fear conditioning. Their research appears in the journal Nature Communications.