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Friday, January 16, 2009

Love is a Drug?

Love is a DrugThe writing is on the wall, love is a drug.

So the saying goes, the brain grows richer as it receives, but the heart grows richer as it gives - and not many would dispute that giving love enriches the giver as much as the receiver.

However, the difference between the brain and love might not be so large as we would like to think, as one scientist has recently argued that love can be explained by a series of neurochemical events in specific brain areas.

If Professor Larry Young is right, then love can be reproduced in the laboratory as a drug making it possible for scientists to develop aphrodisiacs - chemicals that would make people fall in love with the first person they see.

And for those who have fallen in love with someone they shouldn't have, there could be an antidote to unrequited love, too.

Although it is too early to envisage the love potions found in Shakespeare's romantic comedy of errors A Midsummer's Night Dream, how about a perfume transforming someone into a walking aphrodisiac?

News reports suggest that the jury is still out as to whether there are genuinely human smells which can elicit the most primitive subconscious urges in those around us.

One thing is for sure, however - for poets, the perfume industry and professors alike, unlocking sexual desire and decoding love will always have the strongest allure.

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