Sexual Preference Chemical Found In Mice

House mouseBBC News reports:

A chemical in the brain controls sexual preference in mice, according to scientists in China.

Male mice bred without serotonin lose their preference for females, a report in Nature says.

The researchers say it is the first time that a neurotransmitter has been shown to play a role in sexual preference in mammals.

Experts have warned about the dangers of drawing conclusions about human sexuality.

The research team first bred male mice whose brains were not receptive to serotonin.

A series of experiments demonstrated that these mice had lost the preference for females shown by unmodified males.

When presented with a choice of partners, they showed no overall preference for either males or females.

When just a male was introduced into the cage, the modified males were far more likely to mount the male and emit a “mating call” normally given off when encountering females than unmodified males were…

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  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I forget, is this offensive now or not? The issue seems to stay in flux, sometimes it seems it’s offensive to claim that homosexuality isn’t a choice, and other times its offensive to say it isn’t.

    I always take the obvious conclusion that its both just like any other psychological issue, it’s never just nature or just nurture as some people seem to believe.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    I forget, is this offensive now or not? The issue seems to stay in flux, sometimes it seems it’s offensive to claim that homosexuality isn’t a choice, and other times its offensive to say it isn’t.

    I always take the obvious conclusion that its both just like any other psychological issue, it’s never just nature or just nurture as some people seem to believe.

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