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Genetic imprinting: urinary odour preferences in mice

Isles, Anthony Roger ORCID:, Baum, Michael J., Ma, Dan, Keverne, Eric B. and Allen, Nicholas Denby ORCID: 2001. Genetic imprinting: urinary odour preferences in mice. Nature 409 (6822) , pp. 783-784. 10.1038/35057323

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Odour cues influence a variety of social activities in mammals, including kin recognition, mate selection, inbreeding avoidance and juvenile dispersal from the natal area. Inbreeding avoidance is particularly evident across the mammalian phyla because inbreeding can cause a reduction in fitness4. Here we show that the attraction of mice to the urinary odours of other mice is subject to a 'parent-of-origin' effect5 which causes both males and females to prefer the odour of urine from mice of an unrelated strain to that of urine from mice of the same strain as their mothers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
ISSN: 1476-4687
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 08:36

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