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Body Odor Changes Following Vaccination

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New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor. This is the first demonstration of a bodily odor change due to immune activation.
4/2/2014 4:00 PM EDT

Bamboo-Loving Giant Pandas Also Have a Sweet Tooth

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Despite the popular conception of giant pandas as continually chomping on bamboo, new research from the Monell Center reveals that this highly endangered species also has a sweet tooth. Behavioral and molecular genetic studies demonstrate that the...
3/21/2014 12:00 PM EDT

Children’s Preferences for Sweeter and Saltier Tastes Are Linked to Each Other and to Measures of Growth

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Scientists from the Monell Center have found that children who most prefer high levels of sweet tastes also most prefer high levels of salt taste and that, in general, children prefer sweeter and saltier tastes than do adults. These preferences also...
3/12/2014 11:00 AM EDT

A Sense of Hope: The Monell Anosmia Project

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On Anosmia Awareness Day, the Monell Center announces “A Sense of Hope: The Monell Anosmia Project,” a three-year $1.5M fundraising campaign to support a research and advocacy program focused on anosmia, the loss of the sense of smell.
2/27/2014 2:35 PM EST

Earwax: A New Frontier of Human Odor Information

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Scientists from the Monell Center have used analytical organic chemistry to identify the presence of odor-producing chemical compounds in human earwax. Further, the amounts of these compounds differ between individuals of East Asian origin and...
2/12/2014 10:00 AM EST

Humans Can Use Smell to Detect Levels of Dietary Fat

New research from the Monell Center reveals humans can use the sense of smell to detect and differentiate levels of dietary fat in everyday food.
1/22/2014 2:00 PM EST

Extensive Variability in Olfactory Receptors Influences Human Odor Perception

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Researchers from the Monell Center and collaborating institutions have found that as much as 30 percent of the large array of human olfactory receptor differs between any two individuals. This substantial variation is in turn reflected by...
12/5/2013 1:00 PM EST

Avian Influenza Virus Detection Using Smell

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New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that avian influenza, which typically is asymptomatic, can be detected based on odor changes in infected birds. The results suggest a rapid and...
10/11/2013 5:00 PM EDT

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