Smell repels

时间:2019-03-02 03:15:04166网络整理admin

Mousetraps will become obsolete if a company in Tucson, Arizona, has its way. Research Corporation Technologies (RCT) has secured a patent for scented compounds that scare mice away. Male house mice (Mus musculus) produce the two compounds in their urine, and dominant males produce the most, scaring away rivals from their territory. Milos Novotny, a chemist at Indiana University, found that both are oily aromatic compounds called farnesenes. ‘We don’t know what concentration you would need (in a repellant product),’ says John Creange of RCT, ‘but as the compounds are there in one wee-wee’s worth, you would not need great volumes of the stuff.’ Creange explains that the levels of farnesenes in urine reflect levels of bloodborne testosterone,