Cheating Cure? Japanese Scientists Discover Antibiotic that Makes Men Immune to Seduction

First Posted: May 01, 2013 11:10 AM EDT

Japanese scientists may have discovered an antibiotic that could prevent men from cheating.

Researchers from the Waseda and Kyushu Universities tested the mid-altering effects of an antibiotic called  minocycline. Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic used to treat acne and other skin infections like MRSA and Lyme disease. The drug can also help with asthma symptoms, according to reports. Past studies have shown that the drug can even reduce symptoms associated with mental illness, like schizophrenia and depression.

Researchers stimulated 'honey traps,' using eight photographs of attractive women, with 98 male participants ranting how trustworthy they believed each one would be. Researchers divided the men into two groups. The first group was given a four-day oral treatment course of minocycline and the second, control group, was given a placebo pill.

The men were then asked to look at pictures of female faces and asked to choose how much of 1300 yen ($13) they were willing to give to each woman. Researchers explained that if the men chose to share the money, the amount would be tripled. However, the men were told that the females would get a choice to cooperate by sharing the money or betray by taking it all.

The men were also asked to assess how trustworthy they thought each female was and how physically attractive she was, without the knowledge that the women in the photographs had already decided, in advance, to either 'cooperate' or 'betray' the male players.

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