Thursday, March 12, 2009

What is the chemical basis of love?

Mammalian moms are instantly bonded to their babies, and would do anything to protect them. Why? "There is an ancient brain chemical that is ubiquitous, and stimulates the bond," says Emory neuroscientist Larry Young.

In his latest paper, published in Nature, he explains that biologists may soon isolate the biochemical chain of events associated with love – and how that could shed light on everything from autism to marital relations.

The New York Times article on Young's work, "Anti-Love Drug May Be Ticket to Bliss," made it onto the "most read" articles list. He was also featured in an Associated Press story, "The Science of Romance."

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