Pheromones: Isolation of Male Sex Attractants from a Female Primate

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Science  28 May 1971:
Vol. 172, Issue 3986, pp. 964-966
DOI: 10.1126/science.172.3986.964


Fractionation of vaginal secretions from rhesus monkeys by partitioning and chromatographic procedures, combined with behavioral studies, demonstrates that short-chain aliphatic acids are responsible for stimulating the sexual behavior of males. Injection of estradiol into ovariectomized females increases the concentration of volatile acids in secretions which will then sexually stimulate these male primates.