A Pill to Cure Laziness?

lazy catDoes anyone remember the 1980s commercials for health clubs starring Cher, where her tagline was "If it came in a bottle, everyone would have a good body"? Well, apparently for Cher "it" can be found in a plastic surgeon's office from the freakish look she's taken on lately, but the point is well taken. Working out is, after all, work.

I've often wished there was a way to make me more a workout dynamo in the manner of Anna Paquin and less a couch potato at heart. And apparently, University of California researchers are working on a pill that would do just that.


Researchers found they could selectively breed mice who were able to run faster (we'll call these the Anna Paquin mice), and the genes would be passed down to their offspring, who also could run fast and be more active.

Is it a surprise to anyone at all that it would make sense for running fast to be a dominant gene that coud be passed down? After all, running fast for a mouse means you're not caught by the neighborhood cat or owl.

Still, the scientists are trying to translate this finding into a drug that will make it uncomfortable for lazy people to sit around for long periods of time.

As much fun as that would be, I am a litte hesitant to treat every single negative condition with a pill. Laziness isn't a medical condition people can't help. Even the laziest person ever can be motivated to get up off the couch with enough determination ... it's more a behavioral thing.

Would you take a pill for laziness?

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