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The work in Gary Lynch’s lab has been driven by a single overriding hypothesis Lynch first published in 1980: that the fundamental act by which a memory is encoded involves a nearly instantaneous physical restructuring of portions of brain cells called neurons. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Gary Lynch at his UC Irvine office. He and an army of grad students have been working for nearly three decades to understand memory loss. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Neurophysiologist Eni Kramar makes adjustments in the lab. At one point in her research, she was afraid to believe what she was seeing. (Mark Boster / LAT)
Chris Rex has been one of Lynch’s lead researchers in the memory study. (Mark Boster / LAT)