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Effect of Exteroceptive Factors on the Œstrous Cycle of Mice

Naturevolume 180page1436 (1957) | Download Citation



A STUDY of the incidence of copulation plugs in monogamously paired mice showed that the œstrous cycle is influenced by stimuli associated with males1. These stimuli are probably olfactory since they are effective through a wire grid and removal of the olfactory bulbs results in a reduction of ovarian weight and activity2.

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  1. John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University, Canberra

    • M. K. WHITTEN


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