11 June 2010
Vol 328, Issue 5984

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COVER Rows of marching soldiers will risk their lives to defeat the enemy and protect their country during intergroup conflicts. This combination of self-sacrifice and aggression toward competing groups is known as parochial altruism. A Report on page 1408 reveals that this behavior is regulated by oxytocin, a short peptide produced in the hypothalamus and known to promote in-group trust and cooperation.[Photo: Fernando Bueno/Getty Images]