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Thursday, June 17, 2004

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find related articles. powered by google. Nature: Science Update Lotharios tamed by brain protein

"Want to tame the eye of a philandering love rat? Then help is at hand. New research shows that gene therapy can turn promiscuous male voles into faithful bedfellows."

"Whether or not the technique could work in humans is not known. Promiscuous and monogamous monkey species have different patterns of vasopressin receptor expression that closely match those seen in the voles. So it is possible that philandering and faithful humans may share similar brain chemistry, says Lim."

find related articles. powered by google. BBC 'Fidelity gene' found in voles

""Part of the reason we are doing this research is that we are trying to understand the social brain," explained Professor Young. "Why do we interact with other people, and what could be wrong in diseases like autism?

"In autism, people are very aloof - they don't want to interact with others. It could be that vasopressin plays a role in normal human social interactions."

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