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Chemical communication and mother-infant recognition.
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PMID:  19641751     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Fifty years after the term "pheromone" was coined by Peter Karlson and Martin Lüsher the search for these semiochemicals is still an elusive goal of chemical ecology and communication studies. Contrary to what appears in the popular press, the race is still on to capture and define human scents. Over the last several years, it became increasingly clear that pheromone-like chemical signals probably play a role in offspring identification and mother recognition. Recently, we analyzed the volatile compounds in sweat patch samples collected from the para-axillary and nipple-areola regions of women during pregnancy and after childbirth. We hypothesized that, at the time of birth and during the first weeks of life, the distinctive olfactory pattern of the para-axillary area is probably useful to newborns for recognizing and distinguishing their own mother, whereas the characteristic pattern of the nipple-areola region is probably useful as a guide to nourishment.
Authors:
Stefano Vaglio
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Communicative & integrative biology     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1942-0889     ISO Abbreviation:  Commun Integr Biol     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-30     Completed Date:  2011-07-14     Revised Date:  2014-10-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101478473     Medline TA:  Commun Integr Biol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-81     Citation Subset:  -    
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