You've never heard of pheromones? Well, it's time to learn about the part they play in your sex life, because it could be substantial. The concept of a human pheromone, or sexual scent of Author: Deb Levine, MA. The first to be described chemically was bombykol, the silkworm moth's sex pheromone, which is a complex alcohol, (E,Z)-10,12-hexadecadienol, discovered in 1959. It is detected in the antennae of the male moth by a pheromone-binding protein which carries the bombykol to a receptor bound to the membrane of a nerve cell.
A pheromone (from Ancient Greek φέρω phero "to bear" and hormone) is a secreted or excreted chemical factor that triggers a social response in members of the same species.Pheromones are chemicals capable of acting like hormones outside the body of the secreting individual, to impact the behavior of the receiving individuals. There are alarm pheromones, food trail pheromones, sex . Sep 05, 2002 · Clues Behind Pheromones and Sex From the WebMD Archives Sept. 5, 2002 -- Pheromones, those mysterious, scentless chemicals that some say drive human sexual behavior, have been studied for decades.
In humans, the most salient example for a releaser pheromone does not involve sex but rather its product: newborn babies, who seem to be guided to a mother's breast by scent. It does have one Author: Adam Hadhazy. Live Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more Sexual Pheromones: Myth or Reality?Author: Jeanna Bryner.