Here is a list of some of my respected colleagues in the industry:

Rachel Herz “…women ranked body odor as more important for attraction than “looks” or any social factor except “pleasantness [1].”

Linda Buck “Pheromones can have profound effects on reproductive physiology and behavior in mammals [2].”

Richard Axel  “Our genes create only a substrate upon which experience can shape how we perceive the external world [3].”

Helen Fisher  “To me, epigenetics is the most monumental explanation to emerge in the social and biological sciences since Darwin proposed his theories of Natural Selection and Sexual Selection [4].”

Susan M. Rosenberg “… “nothing in evolution makes sense except in the light of biology.” …an important gap is being filled by molecular understanding of the genesis of variation that confers the ability to evolve [5].” (p. 1089).”

Michael Lynch“The development of a mature field of evolutionary biology requires the participation of not just population geneticists, but molecular, cell, and developmental biologists [6].” (p. 8603)

Jon Lieff “I very much appreciate your comments on pheromone communication and its rapid and critical link to the olfactory brain. I look forward to any current references and future work to help understand the immune brain connection as well as communication in general [7].”

Ryszard Maleszka “The reiterations of living systems are developmentally constructed and come into being through internal interactions within organisms, interactions between organisms, and interactions between organisms and their surroundings [8].”

Bibliography

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  2. Boehm, U.; Zou, Z.; Buck, L. B., Feedback loops link odor and pheromone signaling with reproduction. Cell 2005, 123 (4), 683-95. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2005.09.027
  3. Axel, R., Scents and Sensibility: A Molecular Logic of Olfactory Perception (Nobel Lecture). Angewandte Chemie International Edition2005, 44 (38), 6110-6127. doi: 10.1002/anie.200501726
  4. Fisher, H., What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation? Edge 2012, http://www.edge.org/response-detail/11396.
  5. Rosenberg, S. M.; Queitsch, C., Combating Evolution to Fight Disease. Science 2014, 343 (6175), 1088-1089. doi: 10.1126/science.1247472
  6. Lynch, M., The frailty of adaptive hypotheses for the origins of organismal complexity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2007, 104 (Suppl 1), 8597-8604. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0702207104
  7. Lieff, J. Alternative RNA Splicing in Evolution. http://jonlieffmd.com/blog/alternative-rna-splicing-in-evolution
  8. Maleszka, R.; Mason, P. H.; Barron, A. B., Epigenomics and the concept of degeneracy in biological systems. Brief Funct Genomics2013. doi: 10.1093/bfgp/elt050