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This paper introduced a novel chemogenetic mouse model that for the first time revealed the temporal and cell type-specific requirement of protein synthesis for memory consolidation.
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Using chemogenetic models, microglia depletion, and pharmacology, this paper revealed a previously unknown role for microglia, providing negative feedback to active neurons to curb their hyper excitability.