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Caption: For newborn mice to suckle for the very first time and survive, they depend on a signature blend of scents that is unique to their mothers. The findings, published online on October 4 in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, reveal that momís natural perfume consists of odors emitted from the amniotic fluid, which served to nourish and protect those young mice before they were born.
Credit: Current Biology, a Cell Press Journal, Logan et al.
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