Smithsonian Magazine: New study reveals how one person’s ‘smellscape’ can differ from another’s

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then scent, as revealed by a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is in not only a smeller’s nose, but their DNA.

As Heather Murphy reports for The New York Times, researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center have discovered that slight differences in humans’ genetic code have an outsized impact on how individuals perceive the intensity and pleasantness of certain scents.

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