Monday, June 01, 2009

Barry White Mice

Human DNA has been inserted into the genome of some very lucky mice at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. The human version of the gene dubbed FOXP2, which plays a roll in human speech, was introduced into the DNA of mice pups with the result that the mouse pups whistled at a lower pitch than did their normal cousins when separated from their mothers.

Coren Apicella of Harvard University, with David Feinberg of McMaster University and Frank Marlowe of Florida State University found in 2007 that women preferred men with deeper voices. Earlier studies have shown that women perceive deeper male voices to be older and healthier, more attractive and dominant, and more masculine. When women are at the peak of fertility, they are particularly drawn to a booming drawl.

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Anonymous said...

Cool! I am going to talk with my head in a barrel at the lunch counter and see how it works out.

Indigo Red said...

Sounds like a plan! Good luck with that.

Indigo Rose said...

Of course women perceive men with deeper voices as older..... after working in grade schools for years, I can honestly say that the young boys who had not gone through puberty had higher pitched voices. And, well, at the bars, after drinking down a few beers and sucking in the rank makings of a cigarette... men (and women) tend to have deeper voices.
Doesn't necessarily make them more attractive.
Although listening to the higher pitched voice of male, or female, tends to get on my nerves after a while.
Deeper voices tend to bring a sense of calm, while the high-pitched crooning of a mother attracts her baby.
I wonder if my feelings for mice could change if I heard them squeek in a lower range?

Indigo Red said...

It does make one wonder about Mickey Mouse, though. Yeah, he had Minnie, but that could have just been Hollywood publicity. Nowadays, Mickey and Goofy is more convincing.

Mike's America said...

Does this mean women won't be afraid of mice with deep voices?

Indigo Red said...

Afraid? They'll swoon.