Plant RNAs found in mammals. From “The Scientist”
James V. Kohl (unregistered) wrote: (adapted below for this blog post)
I agree this is an important finding in mammals. It is also predicted by an insect model in which the diet of the honeybee queen and her pheromones determine everything about the success of the hive including the neuroanatomy of worker bee brains. The honeybee already serves as a model organism for studying human immunity, disease resistance, allergic reaction, circadian rhythms, antibiotic resistance, development, mental health, longevity, and diseases of the X chromosome. Included among these different aspects of eusocial species survival are learning and memory as well as conditioned responses to sensory stimuli, like food odors, and the social odors called pheromones. Thus, the honeybee model also predicts that the behavior of mammals will be influenced by food odors, nutrition, and pheromones to the same degree that chemical stimuli influence the behavior of every other species on the planet — as I have detailed in my award-winning 2007 book chapter. In mammals, however, the epigenetic effects of pheromones in the milk are clearer.