Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Anti-Love Drug

If scientists can isolate the hormones that initiate "mammalian pair bonding," as Larry Young has done in his research at Emory University, could a true love potion be on the horizon? Or perhaps more usefully to midlife-crisis-afflicted married men, might there be an love suppression vaccine available in the future?

From the New York Times:

“If we give an oxytocin blocker to female voles, they become like 95 percent of other mammal species,” Dr. Young said. “They will not bond no matter how many times they mate with a male or hard how he tries to bond. They mate, it feels really good and they move on if another male comes along. If love is similarly biochemically based, you should in theory be able to suppress it in a similar way.”

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