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Sensory secrets of penis and clitoris unlocked after more than 150 years

Krause corpuscles are distributed across female (left) and male (right) mouse genitalia.

Researchers have learnt that sensory nerve cells called Krause corpuscles are denser on the clitoris of female mice (left) than on the penis of male mice (right). Credit: Lijun Qi, Michael Iskols, and David Ginty

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