"Researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University and Atlanta's Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) have found transferring a single gene, the vasopressin receptor, into the brain's reward center makes a promiscuous male meadow vole monogamous. This finding, which appears in the June 17 issue of Nature, may help better explain the neurobiology of romantic love as well as disorders of the ability to form social bonds, such as autism. In addition, the finding supports previous research linking social bond formation with drug addiction, also associated with the reward center of the brain...
The researchers discovered, just like prairie voles, the formerly promiscuous meadow voles then displayed a strong preference for their current partners rather than new females."
Does this mean that our girlfriends are going to start driving to Mexico to buy up gallon jugs of Vasopressin to inject into us while we sleep? I can imagine waking up in a next to a toothless hag after a night of boozing in a romantic stupor, syringe carefully hidden under the mattress, asking the lonely, neurotic woman to be the mother of my children. Gaahhhh!
Maybe I could start a marriage therapy clinic with Vasopressin tainted mints in a basket by the exit and slowly amass a fortune as word of my uncanny ability to inspire love in cold, dying relationships spreads.
I wish I could rewrite the source code of my brain. Gentoo Linux looks at your hardware environment and compiles itself with optimizations based on its surroundings. Evolution doesn't work quite that fast.