Stacey May, M.A., is the director of public outreach at AAPS.
Pheromones, chemicals secreted or excreted by the body that trigger a behavioral or physiological response in members of the same species, come in all shapes and sizes. They can facilitate communication, warn you that a predator is approaching, stave off others from laying their eggs near yours, stake out your territory (those of you with male dogs are all too familiar with this one), or lead you to a viable food source. Found in creatures from insects to complex vertebrates and even plants, pheromones highlight some of the wonderful ways in which our biology and chemistry can work together to help keep us safe. But as Valentine’s Day quickly approaches, we’d rather focus our attention on another type of chemistry: sex pheromones … Continue reading