‘Intercourse drive swap’ found in male mouse mind that kicks their libido into overdrive

The neurons highlighted on this composite picture of the male mouse mind — the preoptic hypothalamus (POA), in inexperienced, and the mattress nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST), in pink — are linked and regulate sexual conduct, a brand new examine finds.  (Picture credit score: Daniel Bayless, Shah lab)

Scientists could have uncovered the mind’s “on swap” for male libido, a brand new examine in mice suggests. 

The swap is definitely extra of a circuit, consisting of a gaggle of neurons that connects a number of areas of the mind. The newly recognized circuit not solely helps male mice acknowledge females but in addition controls their want to have intercourse with them, full the act itself and expertise pleasure in consequence, the examine suggests. 

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