Scripps Study: Hormone ‘Erases’ Male Smell for Female Mice

Scripps Study: Hormone ‘Erases’ Male Smell for Female Mice

Scripps Study: Hormone ‘Erases’ Male Smell for Female Mice

Everyone knows that a plate of food doesn’t look as delicious after you’ve already eaten a big meal. But imagine if your internal state actually made you blind to food.

In a new study, scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found that state-specific odor “blindness” exists in female mice. Their research shows that female mice cannot sense the odor of male mice when they are in diestrus, the period of sexual inactivity during the reproductive cycle.

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