Delicate magnolia-jasmine scent activates human pheromone receptor

SCIENCE DAILY The question if humans can communicate via pheromones in the same way as animals is under debate. Cell physiologists have demonstrated that the odorous substance Hedione activates the putative pheromone receptor VN1R1, which occurs in the human olfactory epithelium. Researchers showed that the scent of Hedione generates sex-specific activation patterns in the brain, which do not occur with traditional fragrances.

The Right Chemistry: What Chanel No. 5 and TNT have in common | Montreal Gazette

The Right Chemistry: What Chanel No. 5 and TNT have in common | Montreal Gazette. JOE SCHWARCZ, SPECIAL TO THE MONTREAL GAZETTE One of the most fascinating facets of chemistry is the process of discovery. Think of TNT and chances are you think BOOM, not Chanel No. 5. But Trinitrotoluene played a major role in the formulation of one of the world’s most famous fragrances.

Smell Turns Up in Unexpected Places –

A team of biologists at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany has found that our skin is bristling with olfactory receptors. “More than 15 of the olfactory receptors that exist in the nose are also found in human skin cells,” said the lead researcher, Dr. Hanns Hatt. Not only that, but exposing one of these receptors to a synthetic sandalwood odor known as Sandalore sets off…

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