Science Magazine Publishes Articles on Orexin and Biophilia
The Bio-Magazine has just published reviews on the neuropeptide hormone Orexin and on Biophilia which is the hypothesis of an instinctive bond between human beings and the natural world including animals, plants, landscapes, and wilderness.
(PRWEB) October 11, 2011
The Bio-Magazine Eurekamag.com provides insights into distinct scientific topics. This number is steadily rising and includes many reviews on biological substances and theories. The latest inclusions in this collection of reviews comprise an insight into Orexin and one into Biophilia.
The insight into Orexin covers the two related peptides Orexin-A and Orexin-B which are also referred to as Hypocretin-1 and Hypocretin-2. They are produced in the hypothalamus of the brain. This review summarizes research which concludes that Orexin induces gastroprotective action not only against alcohol. It is, thus, capable of easing dependence upon a variety of substances, releasing pain, increasing appetite and food intake, stimulating wakefulness, and possibly preventing development of Alzheimer’s disease.
According to E.O. Wilson’s “Biophilia” hypothesis, humans are innately attracted to other living organisms and/or that humans have an innate bond with nature more generally. The opposite of Biophilia is Biophobia which primarily develops in environments which lack natural habitats like overpopulated urban areas. According to the hypothesis such environments feed the downward spiral of extinction and disaffection. The insight into Biophilia at EurekaMag.com includes the results of a quantitative study which reveals that 70-90% of the general public in Europe and the USA recognize the right of nature to exist even if not useful to humans in any way.
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