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Scientists Investigate Possible 'Fear Drug'

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Photo of Kerry Ressler at Yerkes National Research Center.

Kerry Ressler at Yerkes National Research Center, where he and his colleagues work to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of fear, and its inhibition.

Credit: Kerry Ressler, Emory University


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Photo of neurons within a rodent amygdala labeled with green fluorescence.

Green fluorescence labels neurons within a rodent amygdala. The Ressler lab uses genetically modified viral vectors to alter gene expression within the mouse amygdala. This allows the researchers to examine the role of specific genes in the neural circuitry that underlies fear-memory formation.

Credit: Kerry Ressler, Emory University


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