Study finds proof that humans react to pheromones
March 11, 1998
Web posted at 8:59 p.m. EST (0159 GMT)
There could be important practical implications from this finding. Because pheromones influence the release of eggs, researchers say they may provide a more natural way of preventing pregnancy or treating infertility.
However, researchers say more study is needed to find out if there are other types of pheromones and if they are as powerful in humans as they are in other species.
One enduring mystery of pheromones is that if they are undetectable by the human sense of smell, how can humans be influenced by them?
The answer, some researchers believe, is that pheromones are detected by the same nerve cells in the nose used to detect odor or perhaps by another structure in the nose called the vomeronasal organ.
Medical Correspondent Rhonda Rowland contributed to this report.
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