Genetic Variant Linked To Odor Perception

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Odor Perception

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Why the same sweaty man smells pleasant to one person and repellant to another comes down to the smeller's genes.

Duke University Medical Center researchers demonstrated that genetic variants of odor receptors within the nose determine how a particular odor is perceived. The researchers, led by Duke's Hiroaki Matsunami, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, published the results of their experiments early online Sept. 16 in the journal Nature.

The researchers focused on two chemicals

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