March 19, 2013
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K. Touhara and co-workers at the University of Tokyo discovered (Z)-5-tetradecen-1-ol, a straight-chain unsaturated alcohol, while investigating the role of a mysterious mouse odor receptor. When the researchers exposed the receptor to various mouse fluids, they found that a component of male mouse urine gave positive results. Eventually, they identified (Z)-5-tetradecen-1-ol as the receptor binder and discovered that it attracts female mice to male urine.

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