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Your unique body odor could identify who you are and provide insights into your health – all from the touch of a hand

By Chantrell Frazier, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Food Science, Framingham State University
Kenneth G. Furton, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Florida International University
Vidia A. Gokool, Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
From the aroma of fresh-cut grass to the smell of a loved one, you encounter scents in every part of your life. Not only are you constantly surrounded by odor, you’re also producing it. And it is so distinctive that it can be used to tell you apart from everyone around you.

Your scent is a complex product influenced by many factors, including your genetics. Researchers believe that a particular group of genes, the major histocompatibility complex, play a large role in scent production. These genes are involved…The Conversation

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