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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast


Fruit Flies, Fragile X and Foolery

December 16th, 2008

Episode 36 of 725 episodes

A study in the journal Nature Neuroscience shows that fixing damage to a specific fruit fly gene appears to correct memory problems, which could point to possible treatments for fragile X syndrome in humans (despite Sarah Palin's negative campaign comments about fruit fly research). Cynthia Graber reports. For more McCain-Palin science slipups, check out the Anti Gravity column in the January issue of Scientific American magazine at SciAm.com/sciencemag

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