A pheromone is a chemical substance that is secreted or excreted by an organism into the environment, which evokes physiological and/or social responses in one or more organisms of the same species. Perception of these chemical signals may be by olfaction or by contact.

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    McHenry and colleagues delineate a neural circuit controlling female sexual behavior. These experiments shed light on how the brain optimizes reproductive behavior to coincide with phases of peak fertility.

    • Gül Dölen
    Nature Neuroscience 20, 379-380
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    Male fruitflies quickly learn that courting already-mated females is useless. It turns out that a small subset of neurons in the male brain signals this negative experience and controls pheromone sensitivity. See Letter p.145

    • Aki Ejima
    Nature 489, 38-39
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    Some fruit odours sexually arouse male fruitflies. The response is mediated by olfactory neurons that are sensitive to food smells and plug into the brain's neural circuit for sexual behaviour. See Letter p.236

    • Benjamin Prud'homme
    •  & Nicolas Gompel
    Nature 478, 190-191