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Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes

By Shawna Williams | April 17, 2018

The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.

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Responses to compounds in human sweat may help explain why people with autism spectrum disorder tend to struggle with social cues.

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What Sensory Receptors Do Outside of Sense Organs

By Sandeep Ravindran | September 1, 2016

Odor, taste, and light receptors are present in many different parts of the body, and they have surprisingly diverse functions.

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Can We Smell A Trillion Odors?

By Kerry Grens | July 8, 2015

A reanalysis calls into question a year-old claim that humans can decipher at least 1 trillion different scents.

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image: Mosquitoes Attracted to Malaria-Infected Mice

Mosquitoes Attracted to Malaria-Infected Mice

By Tracy Vence | June 30, 2014

Mice infected with a malaria-causing parasite emit odors that are more attractive to malaria-transmitting mosquitoes than uninfected animals, a study shows.

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Smelling While Sleeping Hurts Memory Consolidation

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | April 9, 2014

The brain’s ability to properly store olfactory information can be disrupted by introducing new sensory stimulation during deep sleep, a mouse study finds.

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Odor-like Biomarkers for Skin Cancer

By Dan Cossins | June 17, 2013

Researchers identify a unique chemical signature associated with human melanoma cells that could lead to new ways to screen for the disease.  

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image: Malarial Mosquitos Drawn to Human Smell

Malarial Mosquitos Drawn to Human Smell

By Dan Cossins | May 17, 2013

Mosquitos infected by the malaria parasite are more likely to land on and probe a substrate laced with human body odor than their uninfected counterparts.

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Informative Body Odor

By Edyta Zielinska | May 31, 2012

Humans can tell the difference between the body smells of the young and the old, and find that youth is smellier.

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