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Odor detection

  • Subject: Odor detection
  • From: Don Martinson <llmen@wi.rr.com>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 12:59:56 -0500 (CDT)

>I am still surprised by the eagerness to blame this on anything else but
>your noses. I told you before that the chemical analysis of the scent is
>nearly 100% anise-oil. This is a pure scientific result. Now those who don't
>smell it obviously have a deficiency not those who do smell it.

As an undergraduate, I did some research into the heritability of the 
ability to detect the bitter taste of various substances.  For 
several types of these substances, there are demonstrably "tasters" 
and "non-tasters" and that the ability to taste them is genetically 

While I know of no scientific studies in this area currently under 
discussion (i.e. the compounds in aroid floral odors), it would not 
be unreasonable that similar mechanisms might exist.
Don Martinson
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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