- Subject: Odor detection
- From: Don Martinson <email@example.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.