29 Jul Happiness disected
What would it mean to be able to genetically engineer happiness? Could it be that with the discovery of the right genetic hot spots, a rosy outlook would be as easily attainable as vitamin-enriched corn?
Yoram Barak, a researcher with Tel Aviv University in Israel, hopes so. He’s out to map the genes implicated in controlling how happy we are (or aren’t), anticipating that one day scientists will be able to use his findings to “_ãÄmanipulate’ the systems identified for increasing happiness,” as he explained in an email to me.