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A New Pill to Prevent Racism?

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They should give these out at Tea Party rallies. Side effects may include peace, harmony, acoustic guitar and, of course, erectile dysfunction.

Researchers working out of Oxford University in the UK discovered that a common category of heart disease drugs known as "beta blockers" acted to reduce subconscious racial bias in volunteers who took a low dose pill.

The decrease in prejudice occurred at a statistically significant rate when compared with volunteers who were given a placebo.

The 18 white students who were given the actual beta blocker performed much better than their placebo-taking counterparts on a test where both sets of subjects were asked to sort black and white faces into categories with positive and negative associations.

The researchers interpreted these results to show a definite decrease in implicit racial prejudice among members of the medicated group.

Scientists involved in the study believe that the drug lowered bias because it manipulates a section of the central nervous system that regulates fear and emotional responses, according to the Telegraph.

"Such research raises the tantalizing possibility that our unconscious racial attitudes could be modulated using drugs, a possibility that requires careful ethical analysis," the study's co-author Professor Julian Savulescu said.

No news yet if the racism pills will be available in time for the 2012 election or whether or not Catholic institutions will be required to cover them.