Using the power of single-cell RNA-seq, we discover the neurons that control goosebumps and nipple erection. A great collaboration with Patrik Ernfors’ group at KI, with fantastic mouse work by Alessandro Furlan and single-cell RNA-seq analysis by Gioele La Manno.

Visceral motor neuron diversity delineates a cellular basis for nipple- and pilo-erection muscle control
Published in Nature Neurocience


The Guardian, UK: The nerve of it: scientists discover cells that cause hard nipples (Ian Sample, the author of this piece, unfortunately fails to mention this was a collaboration with Patrik Ernfors’ group)

The Smithsonian: Unnerving Find: Cells That Control Goosebumps and Nipple Erections

Cosmopolitan: This is why you get nipple erections

SvD: Cellerna som ger dig gåshud