Urinary odour preferences in mice

Anthony R. Isles, Michael J. Baum, Dan Ma, Eric B. Keverne, Nicholas D. Allen

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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 fitness. Here we show that the attraction of mice to the urinary odours of other mice is subject to a 'parent-of-origin' effect 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-784
Number of pages2
Issue number6822
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2001

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