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Cellular Memory - Does information get stored in cells?

Harvard Medical School in 2009 defined Cell Memory or Cellular memories as “a sustained cellular response to a transient stimulus”. Cell memory notes that memories, including those pertaining to personality traits, can be stored in individual cells or organs, not just in the brain. Fundamentally, when a cell is introduced to a specific stimulus it will react in a certain way and every time it is given this stimulus it will have the same response. Cellular memory comprises of physical, emotional and mental data from genetic heritage and one’s life experiences. One of the predominant ways currently used to detecting the existence of cellular memories is done by studying cases of organ transplants. Studies reveal organ transplant recipients exhibiting new traits inherited from the donor which included changes in food, music, art, sexual and recreational preferences. However, a 100% certainty has not yet been achieved on the same leaving us with the conclusion, “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”; this is a space to watch out for.

Reference: Jason Buttigieg and Duffy C. “Transplant Psychology. Exploring the Fundamental Origins of Cell Memory and Personality”. Current Opinions in Neurological Science 1.3 (2017): 181-184.

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