Sex and the female brain: A Canadian research story

August 21, 2012 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

An international team of scientists led by Gregg Adams at the University of Saskatchewan has discovered that a protein in semen acts on the female brain to prompt ovulation, and is the same molecule that regulates the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells.

Male mammals have accessory sex glands that contribute seminal fluid to semen, but the role of this fluid and the glands that produce it are not well understood.

“From the results of our research, we now know that these glands produce large amounts of a protein that has a direct effect on the female,” says Adams, a professor of veterinary biomedical sciences at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the U of S.

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