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Thursday 12 February 2015

'Human pheromones: we need to talk’

Dr Tristram Wyatt - (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford)


Pheromones are powerful sex attractants in moths, dogs and many other animals but what about humans? Sadly, despite what's on the Internet, there is no robust evidence of human pheromones to make us irresistible. Nonetheless, smell is important to us and we are as smelly as any other mammal. Come to hear where we should go next in the search for our elusive human pheromones. We’ll need to treat ourselves as if we were a newly discovered mammal, and use the rigorous methods already used successfully in pheromone research on other species. Currently the most promising human pheromone-lead is a mother’s nipple secretion which stimulates suckling by any baby not just her own.  

Venue: Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J OBA

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