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    Should We Lose That Lovin’ Feeling?

    Love hurts, so why not tap a cure? Health journalist Angela Chen suggests that just as we augment body parts and pop pills to enhance romance, science should alleviate what many feel is life’s most painful condition. Sure, romantic love is awesome when it’s returned, but the unrequited — or abusive — version can precipitate lifelong depression and sometimes violent ends. Desire-canceling drugs already treat sexual issues ranging from criminal predation to porn addiction and religious guilt. So while society continues to follow its heart, perhaps it’s time to let the lovelorn opt out.

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