Estrus-Inducing Pheromone of Male Mice: Transport by Movement of Air

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Science  09 Aug 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3841, pp. 584-585
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3841.584


The proportion of female SJL/J mice exhibiting estrus whet 2 meters downwind (6 meters per minute) from a group of 15 hybrid mi not significantly less than that of females placed directly under the males posed to their urine. The proportion of mice showing estrus when placed 2 upwind was significantly less than that of mice downwind or of mice beloii but not different from that of females remote from males. These findings sh the pheromone from male mice is volatile and further support the concep, acts through olfactory receptors.

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