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Name: jessy tardon
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What are pheromones?

Pheromones are chemicals which some species produce to attract mates. They are "hormones" in the sense that they have a direct physiological effect on the individual who receives them. I suppose a very loose analogy would be like using perfume and other fragrances to provide an attractive scent. But of course, we do not physical produce the perfume. And in those species which do, the "perfume" is called a pheromone.


Pheromones are defined as being chemicals that act like hormones, except that they communicate between individuals, rather than within a single individual. They are used as mate attractants, territorial markers, or alarm substances to communicate the existence of a threat to other members of a group. There is some evidence of the existence of pheromones in humans. One of the most spectacular examples is the pheromone released by the female gypsy moth to attract the male. He flies into the plume of pheromone she releases. He can detect 1 molecule of pheromone out of 100,000,000,000,000 other molecules in the air! Scientists are very interested in how pheromones have their effects on the animal that receives them.


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