The larger point is that our beliefs about biology – those stupid cliches about sex hormones, for instance – often overwhelm the actual effects of biology. Thanks to some evolutionary innovations (like that overhang of brain called the prefrontal cortex), we're able to suppress our aggressive feelings and turn off our anger. We can resist even the most primal urges. And yet, all it takes is a whiff of imaginary testosterone before we start behaving like selfish hominids, imitating what we assume is our "natural" state.
Jonah Lehrer, rocking as usual
At the same time, concern has been growing within healthcare, therapy and education about the medicalisation of sexual functioning. FSD in particular is a diagnosis with a controversial heritage, with concerns expressed that common (but often upsetting) female problems around lack of desire and difficulty experiencing orgasm have been repackaged within a illness-based model.
A very good post by Dr. Petra on some of the background of flibanserin, and her experience with the company producing it.
Dr. Lise Eliot discusses her new book, Pink Brain, Blue Brain, about what differences exist in the male and female brains (hint: not many – most of the studies finding a difference have not held up), and how these small innate differences are reinforced in a positive-feedback sort of way.
So knowing the glutamate receptor could be very useful down the line, for formulations of new pharmacotherapies to treat different disorders. If you know the structure of a receptor, you can figure out how it can be changed, how it can be activated, and how it can be blocked. So mastering the structure of the glutamate receptor could open the door to a lot of important discoveries and treatments for diseases.
Scicurious gives a quick overview of the glutamate receptor structure that was just published.