Newly Found Oxytocin Receptors Control Sex Drive in Mice

October 13, 2014 7:39 AM

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Oxytocin is widely known as the “love hormone”. But researchers proved that the hormone is responsible for both emotions and sex drive too. A research on how mice respond to an alteration of the hormone reception system was performed at Rockefeller University.

“By identifying a new population of neurons activated by oxytocin, we have uncovered one way this chemical signal influences interactions between male and female mice,” says Nathaniel Heintz, James and Marilyn Simons Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

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