Pheremone study expanded

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Human Pheromone Sciences has said that based on preliminary studies
on how mood can be enhanced using synthesized human pheromones, it
is now expanding its study to include a larger number of volunteers
in its laboratories.

In response to interest from a number of cosmetics and fragrance companies, the US-based research company says it now wants to move to the next step of its research program in an effort to validate the efficacy of initial trials conducted on both men and women.

At the end of last year, the small but growing research outfit said that it had come to an agreement with the University of Utah aimed at conducting research and development programmes on a series of compounds already identified and isolated by scientists relating to human pheromones.

The company already has established dedicated laboratories at the University, staffed by its own scientists who have been involved in the research of mood enhancing compounds for many years, and have published their results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

"The company's research and development efforts have been focused on isolating, identifying and reproducing naturally-occurring compounds that appear to have mood-enhancing qualities,"​ a company spokesman said.

"Millions of dollars have been spent on basic research. Because of this program, we now believe that we are ready to enter human clinical trials with several of these compounds, based upon the positive results of the first of these naturally-occurring substances."

Human Pheremone Sciences​ says it now believes that after years of expansive study in this area, the proposed expanded study will only take another six months to complete.

"The identification and reproduction of these other compounds may result in additional discoveries and advances in mood enhancement and well- being in the months and years to come,"​ said the company's CEO, William Horgan.

Pheremones are a chemical secreted by Humans that influences the behavior or development of others of the same species, often functioning as an attractant of the opposite sex.

Although pheromone has been added to fragrances for the best part of 20 years now, ensuring that the substance remains effective once combined with a fragrance has remained a problem for many manufacturers. Although the effect pheromone can have on a member of the opposite sex is scientifically proven, but combining it with other substances has presented greater challenges for the scientists.

Related topics: Formulation & Science, Fragrance

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