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Supercharging the brain

Biotechnology: New drugs promise to improve memory and sharpen mental response.

Do you have an important meeting tomorrow, or perhaps an examination, for which you would like your mental powers to be at their peak? Within a few years, you may have the option of taking a “cognitive enhancer”—a drug that sharpens your mental faculties. During the 1990s—declared “decade of the brain” by America's Congress and the National Institutes of Health—much progress was made in understanding the processes of memory and cognition. Advances in genetics, molecular biology and brain-imaging technologies allowed researchers to scrutinise the brain's workings and gave them the potential to create drugs to enhance aspects of its performance bla bla blah... oh c'mon gimme some of those pills!