George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies
George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies
Over nearly 50 years, the Monell Chemical Senses Center chemist investigated a range of topics, from the smell of cancer to body odor’s effects on human physiology and behavior.
George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies
George Preti, Organic Chemist Who Studied Human Body Odors, Dies

Over nearly 50 years, the Monell Chemical Senses Center chemist investigated a range of topics, from the smell of cancer to body odor’s effects on human physiology and behavior.

Over nearly 50 years, the Monell Chemical Senses Center chemist investigated a range of topics, from the smell of cancer to body odor’s effects on human physiology and behavior.

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Smells of Nature Lower Physiological Stress
Smells of Nature Lower Physiological Stress
Ashley Yeager | Jan 2, 2020
In a virtual reality experiment, participants recovered faster from a small electric shock when they could smell natural scents than when they could smell urban odors.
Image of the Day: Smell Circuits
Image of the Day: Smell Circuits
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 24, 2019
The brain wiring behind scent processing seems to scale across mammalian species.
Chemicals on the Skin Could Enable Parkinson’s Detection
Chemicals on the Skin Could Enable Parkinson’s Detection
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2019
Researchers teamed up with a woman with a keen sense of smell to identify telling differences between healthy people and those with the neurodegenerative disease.
Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes
Children With Malaria Smell More Attractive to Mosquitoes
Shawna Williams | Apr 17, 2018
The parasite changes people’s scent, primarily due to an increase in aldehydes.
Study: Autism Linked with Different Reactions to Chemical Signals
Study: Autism Linked with Different Reactions to Chemical Signals
Shawna Williams | Nov 27, 2017
Responses to compounds in human sweat may help explain why people with autism spectrum disorder tend to struggle with social cues.
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
Epigenetics Paper Raises Questions
Kate Yandell | Oct 16, 2014
GENETICS publishes a commentary criticizing a Nature Neuroscience paper claiming that mice can inherit smell sensitivities that their parents acquired during life.
Smelling While Sleeping Hurts Memory Consolidation
Smelling While Sleeping Hurts Memory Consolidation
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Apr 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.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Tracy Vence | Nov 17, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Eau de Choice
Richard P. Grant | Jan 1, 2011
Evolutionary biologist Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool has found that male mice have evolved a cunning trick to distinguish themselves within the dating pool: they produce a specific protein that drives female attraction to male scent, and this molecule, called darcin, helps females remember a specific male's odor.