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Sexing up the human pheromone story: How a scientific myth was started

wyatt td-2015As humans are mammals, it is possible, perhaps even probable, that we have pheromones (chemical signals). However, there is no robust bioassay-led evidence for the widely published claims, started by a corporation interested in patenting them, that the molecules androstadienone and estratetraenol are human pheromones. Instead, if we are to find human pheromones, we need to treat ourselves as if we were a newly discovered mammal, and use the rigorous chemical methods and bioassays already proven successful in pheromone research on other species. 

During Olfaction & Issues Conference held in Milano in May 23-24, Dr Tristam Wyatt will give an overview about the pheromones, and especially pheromones in humans.

Dr Tristram Wyatt is a senior researcher at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and an emeritus fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. He was an undergraduate and postgraduate in Zoology at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Oxford’s Department for Continuing Education as a lecturer (Associate Professor) in 1989, he was based at the University of Leeds, UC Berkeley, and the University of Wales. His TED talk on human pheromones has had 1 million views. 
The second edition of his single-author book Pheromones and Animal Behavior (Cambridge University Press) won the Royal Society of Biology’s prize for the Best Postgraduate Textbook in 2014.

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