Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Science news I

Okay, I think we all kind of knew this already but:

ROME (Reuters) - Your heartbeat accelerates, you have butterflies in the stomach, you feel euphoric and a bit silly. It's all part of falling passionately in love -- and scientists now tell us the feeling won't last more than a year.

The powerful emotions that bowl over new lovers are triggered by a molecule known as nerve growth factor (NGF), according to Pavia University researchers.

The Italian scientists found far higher levels of NGF in the blood of 58 people who had recently fallen madly in love than in that of a group of singles and people in long-term relationships.

But after a year with the same lover, the quantity of the 'love molecule' in their blood had fallen to the same level as that of the other groups.

2 Comments:

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Thesaurus Rex said...

Now there's a neurochemical formula that would have an immediate street value if you could synthesize it. The Love Drug.

I don't know if anyone could stand to feel that for more than a year, though. After a while, I imagine it would be like being tickled for too long.

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger CyberKitten said...

..and there I was thinking that 'love' lasted a whole TWO years..................

 

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